Ladri di biciclette
Vittorio de Sica
Vittorio De Sica
Suso Cecchi d’Amico
Eraldo Da Roma
Ida Bracci Dorati
Produzioni De Sica
35mm, B/N (restoration realized by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale in 2008)
Original Italian version
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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