Ladri di Biciclette is translated as bicycle thieves or bicycle thief it is the story of Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), a man who waits in line for an available job at a time where jobs are few and scarce. An opportunity arises, but Antonio needs a bicycle. Antonio says he has a bicycle even though he has recently pawned it for cash. Antonio and his wife, Maria (Lianella Carell), decide to pawn their sheets to get the bike out of the hockshop. The next day Antonio starts his job, plastering cinema posters around the streets of Rome. Within minutes of beginning his job, his bike gets stolen and his dreams of a better life seem to fade. He files a report with the police and they offer no help. Later, Antonio turns to friends for help. The next morning they set out to search for the bicycle and are joined by his son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola). Antonio and soon company part ways after they search the plaza. Antonio and Bruno then go on a massive search around all of Rome trying to locate the bicycle. Along the way, they bump into the thief a couple of times but are ultimately left empty handed. Finding it hard to accept the situation Antonio turns to stealing himself. He tells Bruno to take the streetcar home and Antonio sets off to steal a bike sitting alone on the sidewalk. It does not turn out well. Bruno misses the streetcar and is witness to his father stealing a bike. His father is shamed as he is caught so no charges are pressed. Antonio and Bruno walk way in sadness and begin to cry. Through the story’s ups and down the director, Vittorio De Sica, uses sound and imagery to make Antonio and Bruno mirror images of us, the audience. To cause this effect De Sica films this film with an Italian neorealist style. He uses new actors and films all on location. Basically, he films the narrative in a documentary style. Vittorio De Sica explains, “The experience of war was a determining one for all of us. Everyone felt a mad desire to throw into the air all the old...
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Ladri di biciclette. Dir. Vittorio D. Sica. Perf. Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola. DVD. 1949.
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