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The Bicycle Thieves
(Ladri di biciclette)

Screening on Film
Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
With Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell.
Italy, 1948, 35mm, black & white, 87 min.
Italian with English subtitles.

De Sica’s best known film and a foundational work of the neorealist movement, The Bicycle Thieves uses nonprofessional actors and incredible location shooting on the streets of a war-ravaged Rome to tell the gripping story of a downtrodden man whose quest to reclaim a stolen bicycle sends him on a spellbinding tour through the city’s working class neighborhoods with his young yet wise son. A heartbreaking work of redemption and hope in the face of overwhelming despair, The Bicycle Thieves is a richly insightful examination of the human condition.

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