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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Lamberto Maggiorani
Enzo Staiola
Lianella Carell
Directors
Vittorio De Sica
Screenwriters
Vittorio De Sica
Oreste Biancoli
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Adolfo Franci
Gerardo Guerrieri
Cesare Zavattini
Running Time
93 minutes

Bicycle Thieves
Neo-realist classic


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Plot
Antonio Ricci has been unemployed for more than two years when he finally gets a job putting up posters. The one condition of employment is that he must have a bicycle - which he is more than happy to pawn the family linen for. After a single day of happy employment, tragedy strikes when the bike is stolen. He and his son set out to find the missing bike...


Verdict
One of the great, perfect crystalisations of a specific point in time into a particular film, this is one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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