Renzo Staiola, Lamberto Maggiorani in 'The Bicycle Thieves'. Courtesy Arthur Mayer&Joseph Burtstyn Inc./Photofest''
Hour: 9PM

original title

Ladri di biciclette

Directed by

Vittorio de Sica

Screenplay

Cesare Zavattini
Vittorio De Sica
Suso Cecchi d’Amico
Oreste Biancoli
Adolfo Franci
Gerardo Guerrieri
Gherardo Gherardi

Cinematographer

Carlo Montuori

Editor

Eraldo Da Roma

Production Designer

Antonio Traverso

Music

Alessandro Cicognini

Sound

Biagio Fiorelli

Main Cast

Lamberto Maggiorani
Enzo Staiola
Lianella Carell
Elena Altieri
Gino Saltamerenda
Vittorio Antonucci
Giulio Chiari
Michele Sakara
Fausto Guerzoni
Carlo Jachino
Massimo Randisi
Ida Bracci Dorati
Peppino Spadaro

Production

Produzioni De Sica

Italy
1948
93’
35mm, B/N (restoration realized by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale in 2008)

Language

Original Italian version

Synopsis

Rome, post-World War Two. Unemployed father Antonio Ricci finds a job putting up posters for the local municipality. But he needs a bicycle in order to do the job, and his is being held at a pawnshop in Monte di Pietà. His wife Maria has to give up their bed sheets in order to buy the bike back. But the day Antonio starts working, someone steals his bike while he’s putting up a movie poster. Antonio chases the thief, but to no avail. He begins a long search for it, accompanied by his son, and experiences a number of different dramatic adventures. In the end, exhausted, Antonio takes a tram home and sees a bicycle standing unattended and alone. He makes a clumsy attempt at stealing it and is immediately stopped and beaten by bystanders. His son’s desperate tears move the bystanders and are the only thing that keep Antonio from jail. The two walk through the crowd as evening falls over Rome.

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