Awarded an honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1960, Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) is the much loved, much lauded, neorealist ode to post-war Rome by Italian master Vittorio De Sica. With writer and long-time collaborator Cesare Zavattini, De Sica explores themes of poverty and loss and the symbol of hope a bicycle can be in desperate times. Devoted father and son team Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) and Bruno (Enzo Stailoa) roam the streets in search of the stolen bicycle that signifies optimism and a future for their family.
Why You Should See This Film
Hailed by critics at the time of its release, the film is now recognised as a masterwork of the Italian neorealist movement. Played by non-actors, the performances are all uniformly superb, with Lamberto Maggiorani bringing a powerful humanity to the lead role. Ranked at No. 4 on Empire's 'The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema' list and at No.15 on TCM's 'Most Influential' list, this is a cinematic must-see.