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Cheshire, Godfrey. “Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real.” The Criterion Collection, https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/467-bicycle-thieves-a-passionate-commitment-to-the-real. Accessed 5 Aug. 2019.
Bicycle thieves is a 1948 Italian drama film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film is about a poor father in Rome searching for his stolen bicycle post World War II. The author (Cheshire) in his essay compared the story of Bicycle thieves with Citizens Kane (1941). According to him, the film Bicycle thief tends to captivate the audience and critics' attention. The film disclaims the concept of “egoism” while envisioning a cinema of passionate social consciousness. The film also reflects the director’s approach toward the Italian Neo-realism. By the time the film was in the making the use of neorealist trajectory was at its peak. After World War II the new Italy was left with a bundle of issues one of which was unemployment which the writer of the film’s story Luigi Bartolini incorporated in the story. The film’s screenplay was written by Cesare Zavattini who was an actor turned director and neorealism theoretician. It was his third collaboration with the director De Sica. The film revolves around Antonio Ricci who has been unemployed for a very long time. However, he was offered a job as a bill poster on one condition that he must have a bicycle. However, with the help of his wife, he was able to own a bicycle but unfortunately, that was stolen on the first day of his work. To keep himself employed he started to search his bicycle across Rome accompanied by his young son (De Sica & Staiola, 1968). The second part of the film was more focused on the relationship between Antonio and his younger son. The director De Sica refused to use close-ups or montage like typical Hollywood movies however, his abilities account for the unforgettable performances of nonprofessionals Lamberto and Enzo who played the father-son duo in the movie. Thus the film Bicycle Thieves is a reminder that there is a whole that exists beyond the cinema and as a human, it is our responsibility to pay attention to the issues that our society is facing.
Cheshire, Godfrey. “Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real.” The Criterion Collection, https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/467-bicycle-thieves-a-passionate-commitment-to-the-real. Accessed 5 Aug. 2019
De Sica, V., Zavattini, C., Maggiorani, L., Carell, L., & Staiola, E. (1968). Bicycle thieves. Lorrimer.
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