The Bicycle Thief


I've seen this film as part of my italian studies at university, at first i thought i was very boring and simple but really its a very interesting look at life after ww2. The viewer is pulled into the life of this unfortunate family at the end of the war. It is a story about real life, its hardships and suffering that many poor italians suffered after the Nazi occupation.

>>By easytiger1191   (Thursday, 14 Oct 2004 15:48)

This is a beautiful movie. The relationship between the boy and his father is very touching. For me, the film is so powerful that I sometimes find it hard to watch. You can feel the man's growing desperation as the day goes on and he doesn't find the bicycle that is the key to his future. There's that scene in the restaurant where he barely has enough money for bread and wine while a rich family at the next table stuffs their faces. Some of the characters in the movie are sympathetic to the man's dilemma, but so many others are indifferent, even cruel. The hardest scene for me to watch is the one where the man thinks he has found the thief, but the police don't find the bicycle in the apartment. Afterwards, the people on the street jeer and tell him to get lost. This is a brilliant movie.

>>By Mikey_Canuck   (Friday, 15 Oct 2004 02:49)

One of the movie's strengths is that it was filmed on the streets of Rome using real people. The story feels real. I think this is what people have in mind when they talk about cinema verite.

>>By Mikey_Canuck   (Friday, 15 Oct 2004 02:52)

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