michael gallucci

MOVIE REVIEW — THE BICYCLE THIEF

In Uncategorized on 04/05/2010 at 12:16 pm

The Bicycle Thief

Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 neo-realist classic The Bicycle Thief is one of the saddest movies ever made. Be prepared for some Cinema Paradiso/Field of Dreams-sized bawling. (Bring Kleenex. Seriously.) Set in postwar Rome – where it was shot on location using real people, not actors – the film tells the story of out-of-work father Antonio, who finds a job hanging movie posters around town. When his bike (which he’s specifically told he needs for work) is stolen, Antonio’s world starts to crumble around him. He knows that his family will starve without the bike, and he’s run out of other options. The final scenes with Antonio and his young son are among the most heartbreaking ever filmed. You’ve been warned.

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