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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous classic of the Italian cinema, 26 July 2007
This review is from: The Bicycle Thieves [1948] [DVD] (DVD)
Vittoria de Sica's famous film is as powerful, raw and moving now as it was when it was made - and in addition it has something of the feel of a historical document, portraying as it does the desperation of an honest man with a wife and children in the social and economic maelstrom of post-War Italy. He gets a job - hundreds do not - as a bill-poster, but he must have a bicycle ; the job depends on it. With difficulty he gets one, but on his first day at work, it is stolen. What looked like a promising future will turn to ashes for him, his wife and his two children, one a baby, if the bicycle is not recovered. With his son Bruno, wonderfully, wonderfully played by Enzo Staiolla, he sets out on a desperate quest to find the bicycle among the thousands and thousands in the city. The film moves through a series of episodes in the market place, a church ministering to the poor, the riverside, a brothel, a seedy quarter where he actually comes upon the thief, and so on until, at the end, despair drives him mad and, in view of his son, he himself turns quite against character and lets himself down in a tragically convincing way. There is no silver lining and no solution ; the film just ends. It is constantly involving, beautifully made, marvellously acted and even has little touches of humour, but in the end we are left with the memory of the strength of the relationship between father and son and the hope, but not the certainty, that somehow things will turn out all right. It is a wonderful film.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2008, 16:46:27 BST
B. Robertson says:
I like reading your reviews but I think it is important not to give the plot away which you have in a couple of your reviews. Don't give the plot away and don't give the ending away.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2008, 11:16:26 BST
hillbank68 says:
Fair comment - I'll act on it!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2008, 20:20:11 GMT
C. CONN says:
Yes, your review ruined the suspense of the film for me. Please don't ever give the ending or the complete plot away.

DO the next reader a favour and amend your review please

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2008, 20:29:50 GMT
C. CONN says:
Yes, your review ruined the suspense of the film for me. Please don't ever give the ending or the complete plot away.

DO the next reader a favour and amend your review please

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2008, 20:23:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2009, 23:15:14 GMT
hillbank68 says:
I did that, quite a long time ago - as is implied in my response to Mr. Robertson's reasonable comment.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013, 01:52:42 GMT
rogerdpack says:
You may want to edit your post and a note at the top "warning--contains spoilers" or the like.

Posted on 5 Feb 2013, 00:35:44 GMT
Lyns says:
er, just a thot, but ..... ow about us readers ... stopping short of reading the entire review if we get an inkling that too much of the plot is being revealed to us... ?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2017, 11:07:06 GMT
Semmyroundel says:
Too late, you'll only know when its read.
At this date still a spoiler IMHO
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