Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1948 • Italy
Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, BICYCLE THIEVES embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.
This short documentary features interviews with film scholar Callisto Cosulich, BICYCLE THIEVES coscreenwriter Suso Cecchi d’Amico, and actor Enzo Staiola. The interviews were conducted in Italy in 2005.
In this 2005 program, film scholar Mark Shiel, author of “Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City,” discusses the history of Italian neorealism and the place of BICYCLE THIEVES within the movement.
Cesare Zavattini is a central figure in the history of Italian cinema. Known mainly as a screenwriter, he was also a critic, a theoretician, and a founder of Italian neorealism. This 2003 documentary by Carlo Lizzani explores Zavattini’s career and features tributes by filmmakers Bernardo Bertolu...