Bicycle Thieves (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.
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.
July 6, 2010
The picture is a pure exercise in directorial virtuosity.
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.
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