The Bicycle Thief (2-DVD)

Starring: Enzo Staiola Director: Vittorio De Sica
The Bicycle Thief (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Criterion
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 - Italian
    • Dubbed - English - Optional
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary
    • Featurette:
      1. "Working with De Sica" - Interviews with Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Enzo Siola, and Callisto Cosulich
      2. "Life as It Is"

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Cinematography by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1949 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 04/26/1996
"...One of the most heart-rending films ever..." -- Rating: A
Los Angeles Times - 02/05/1999
"...Elegantly structured....Integral to its grace and mood are Carlo Montuori's superb, supple camera work and Alessandro Cicognini's mesmerizing score..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/04/1991
"...De Sica, following in the neo-realist style, used natural lighting throughout, giving THE BICYCLE THIEF an effective, documentary-like look that many other filmmakers tried to emulate..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/19/1999
"...It is still alive and has strength and freshness....It is a simple, powerful film..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...It's a heartbreaker -- the crowning achievement of Italian neorealism..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"De Sica portrays Antonio's quest to rediscover his bike with such urgency that the film takes on an epic quality."
Empire - 05/01/2010
5 stars out of 5 -- "Vittoria De Sica's 1948 masterpiece repays endless viewings. Lamberto Maggiorani is superb..."

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Classic | Essential Cinema | Recommended | Tear Jerker | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Shot on location in Rome, De Sica purposefully avoided the city's most striking monuments in order to make the story more universal.
  • Unable to gain studio funding, De Sica produced the film himself, using the financial support of his friends for backing.
  • Most Neorealist films used non-actors as a means of heightening the reality of the film. Lamberto Maggiroani, the film's lead, was a 39 year old steelworker who lost his real job after the film finished production.
  • THE BICYCLE THIEF won awards from the British Film Academy and the New York Film Critics. It also received the grand prize at the Brussels Film Festival, and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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  • Sales Rank: 92,944
  • UPC: 715515022224
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