'Bicycle Thieves' (1948) 100 Word Cinema Review

July 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 4 out of 5

Widely considered a classic example of Italian neorealism, Bicycle Thieves tells the plight of the little man as a tragic and futile struggle against the injustice of society.

Starring several non-professional actors and filmed on location throughout Rome, it casts Lamberto Maggiorani as Antonio Ricci, an unemployed husband and father to a working-class family. On his first day in a new job, the key to Antonio’s livelihood, his recently purchased, expensive new bike, is stolen. The rest of the film concerns itself with Antonio and his son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola), trying to get the bike back.

(96 words.)

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