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Leslie Halliwell wrote of Bicycle Thieves that the slight human drama is developed so that it has all the force of King Lear . Simple in concept yet devastating in execution, Vittorio De Sica s neo-realist masterpiece begins with the news that unemployed father-of-two Antonio Ricci has been offered a job as a poster-sticker. There s only one catch: he needs his own bicycle, and when it s stolen on his first day, it has the impact of a thunderbolt. With the help of his small son Bruno, whose round, earnest face suggests wisdom beyond his years, an increasingly desperate Ricci searches through markets, flophouses and even private apartments, a quest painting as vivid a picture of a palpably wounded city (Rome after World War II) as anyone has captured on film. It s the only film other than Citizen Kane to top Sight & Sound s decennial poll of the best films ever made.
A timeless classic of how adversity can change your filter on life.
During the recession a man is struggling to get a job until he finally lands one. Read more
One of the grittiest and saddest films ever made. watch and weep.Published 3 months ago by M. Julian
Perhaps the most famous example of Italian neo-realism, Vittorio de Sicas deceptively simple story of Antonio who gets a job putting up movie posters around Rome and who one day... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brendan Keane