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Big screen classics

Bicycle Thieves

Ladri di biciclette

De Sica’s neorealist classic follows a father and son as they search for a stolen bike in postwar Rome.

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Italy 1948
Dir Vittorio De Sica
With Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
English subtitles
Certificate U

De Sica’s classic – about a father and son scouring postwar Rome for the stolen bicycle on which the former’s new job depends – meets all the Italian neorealists’ requirements for a film deemed true to life: an everyday story about ‘ordinary’ working-class folk shot on location with a cast of non-professional actors. Carlo Montuori’s camerawork and the two lead performances carry the day.

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