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The Bicycle Thief | Ladri di biciclette

The Bicycle Thief

Director Vittorio De Sica

Screenplay Cesare Zavattini (story), Luigi Bartolini (novel)

With Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

Screening as part of the New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival (NZBFF)

In post-war Italy, a man and his son frantically seek their stolen bicycle, which will mean the difference between employment and poverty.

This landmark Italian neorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies, and received a special Academy Award as "most outstanding foreign film." Written primarily by neorealist pioneer Cesare Zavattini and directed by Vittorio DeSica, the movie is a simple story about the lives of ordinary people, featuring outdoor shooting and lighting, non-actors together with actors, and a focus on social problems in the aftermath of World War II. Lamberto Maggiorani plays Antonio, an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, Antonio and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way.

Cycle to the movies and lock your bike indoors – we have stands to rest your two-tyred transport.