The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette) Reviews

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March 29, 2019
This gem tells the story of a frantic search bv a man and his son for a stolen bike which provided for the family's existence. It is told with the usual Italian realism, but with unusual excitement.
February 27, 2018
Decades later, you can see the influence of Bicycle Thieves everywhere, in a variety of genres and languages.
August 13, 2015
Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves is tender and immediate, a simple tale of a man whose bike is stolenwhen his job and life depends upon it.
January 14, 2013
The work of screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, director Vittorio De Sica, the nonprofessional actors, and many others is so charged with a common purpose that there's no point in even trying to separate their achievements.
January 14, 2013
Undeniably the most important neorealist film after Rossellini's Open City.
November 18, 2011
De Sica carefully balances a generally tragic sensibility with a quiet undercurrent of hope, all the while sucking us into the story with the sheer urgency of the search for a stolen bicycle.
June 5, 2019
Sparse, melancholy, and strikingly real, Bicycle Thieves has the haggard, hangdog feel of a documentary, with a dramatic structure so subtle that its shattering climax almost comes as a blindside.
April 9, 2016
It's not hyperbole to flatly state that this is one of the all-time greats in the annals of cinema; on my own list, only Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal ranks higher when it comes to foreign-language films.
March 30, 2016
An endlessly complex, universal testament to the ills of valuing commerce over compassion, Bicycle Thieves finally arrives on Blu-ray boasting an outstanding transfer from the Criterion Collection.
March 30, 2016
It has passages of beauty and heartbreak that suggest a genuine humanism that is all too often lacking from movies whose primary goals are to thrill, excite, or otherwise distract from life itself.
January 14, 2013
The Bicycle Thief does have a certain ramshackle simplicity, quietness, and even naivete that are not unwelcome as a change from the stunning noise, ingenuity, and sophistication of Hollywood.
April 1, 2012
...captures, in elemental strokes, the crushing of the human spirit at the hands of poverty, indifference and despair.
March 10, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Vittorio De Sica advanced Italian neorealist cinema in 1948 with a modest story about a family man trying to get back the bicycle that was stolen from him.
January 22, 2011
One of the highlights of Italian Neo-realism and a landmark of humanist cinema, Vittorio de Sica's film won the best foreign language Oscar
September 27, 2010
Enzo Staioli is an absolute revelation as son Bruno. With a mop of irrepressible hair that even a downpour of rain cannot long suppress, Bruno is a 7-year-old fellow pilgrim and witness to the joyous and heartbreaking events - the film's silent narrator.
September 7, 2010
Bleak black-and-white classic isn't likely to interest kids.
July 6, 2010
The picture is a pure exercise in directorial virtuosity.
June 7, 2010
Easily one of the greatest and most important movies in cinematic history.
May 6, 2010
Suffice it to say that if you've never seen The Bicycle Thief you're deficient in your appreciation of what film can do and you should not let the chance to see a newly struck print pass you by.
January 7, 2010
This film manages to appeal to the better angels of our nature in a way that only deepens as we grow older along with the film.
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