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    Bicycle Thieves

    Unemployed Antonio RicciĀ is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. And when hisĀ bicycle is stolen, he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family. SoĀ heĀ and his son set out to find it.
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  • Actors of "Bicycle Thieves"

  • Characters of "Bicycle Thieves"

    Antonio Ricci. Character of Bicycle Thieves
    Bruno Ricci. Character of Bicycle Thieves
    Played by: Enzo Staiola
    Maria Ricci. Character of Bicycle Thieves
    Baiocco. Character of Bicycle Thieves
    The Beggar. Character of Bicycle Thieves
    Played by: Giulio Chiari
  • Directors of "Bicycle Thieves"

    Vittorio De Sica. Director of Bicycle Thieves
    Vittorio De Sica
    Birthdate: 7 July 1901, Sora, Lazio, Italy
  • Creators of "Bicycle Thieves"

    Cesare Zavattini. Director of Bicycle Thieves
    Cesare Zavattini
    Birthdate: 29 September 1902, Luzzara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    Luigi Bartolini. Director of Bicycle Thieves
    Luigi Bartolini
    Birthdate: 8 February 1892, Cupramontana, Marche, Italy
  • Critic Reviews of "Bicycle Thieves"

    Chicago Reader
    January 14, 2013

    The work of screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, director Vittorio De Sica, the nonprofessional actors, and many others is so charged with a common purpose that there's no point in even trying to separate their achievements.

    Chicago Reader
    January 14, 2013

    Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City.

    Time Out
    November 18, 2011

    De Sica carefully balances a generally tragic sensibility with a quiet undercurrent of hope, all the while sucking us into the story with the sheer urgency of the search for a stolen bicycle.

    July 06, 2010

    The picture is a pure exercise in directorial virtuosity.

    Los Angeles Times
    January 07, 2010

    This film manages to appeal to the better angels of our nature in a way that only deepens as we grow older along with the film.

    Time Out
    November 04, 2009

    It's a title you simply must watch, not necessarily for the truths it packs but rather for the bombed-out buildings of postwar Italy, peripheral details that director Vittorio De Sica insisted on.

    Creative Loafing
    April 09, 2016

    It's not hyperbole to flatly state that this is one of the all-time greats in the annals of cinema; on my own list, only Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal ranks higher when it comes to foreign-language films.

    Q Network Film Desk
    March 30, 2016

    It has passages of beauty and heartbreak that suggest a genuine humanism that is all too often lacking from movies whose primary goals are to thrill, excite, or otherwise distract from life itself.

    Times (UK)
    August 13, 2015

    Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves is tender and immediate, a simple tale of a man whose bike is stolenwhen his job and life depends upon it.

    The Nation
    January 14, 2013

    The Bicycle Thief does have a certain ramshackle simplicity, quietness, and even naivete that are not unwelcome as a change from the stunning noise, ingenuity, and sophistication of Hollywood.

    April 01, 2012

    ...captures, in elemental strokes, the crushing of the human spirit at the hands of poverty, indifference and despair.
    March 10, 2012

    [VIDEO ESSAY] Vittorio De Sica advanced Italian neorealist cinema in 1948 with a modest story about a family man trying to get back the bicycle that was stolen from him.

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