Monday, October 28, 2013

Classic Movie Review: The Bicycle Thieves (1948)

The Bicycle Thief movie poster
The Bicycle Thieves (1948) – Directed by Vittorio De Sica; Written by Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Vittorio De Sica, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci and Gerardo Guerrieri; Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci, Giulio Chiari, Elena Altieri, Carlo Jachino, Michele Sakara, Emma Druetti and Fauston Guerzoni.

Sometimes you only need a simple story well told. The Bicycle Thieves, sometimes known as The Bicycle Thief like in the poster there, is a perfect example of that, a beautiful film about the desperation of poverty and what you will do to support your family.

Antonio gets a job as a municipal bill poster, but must provide his own transportation. He pawns some family items to buy the bicycle, but it is stolen soon after he gets it. Along with his son, Antonio searches all over the city for the thief. However, after not finding it, he soon is forced with a moral choice that could sacrifice the wellness of his family.

Considered a neo-realist masterpiece, The Bicycle Thieves is legendary Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s best film and easily one of the best films of all time. De Sica (Umberto D.) perfectly captures the plight of the common man, showing the hardship of what an impoverished family has to go through on a day-to-day basis. 

Rating: ****


  1. Added to queue. FYI, this is on Netflix as The Bicycle Thief.

    1. When I first saw it, it was called The Bicycle Thief, but everyone translates as Thieves now. Way it is on IMDB. Not sure why.