Motion Pictures: Key Concepts - Neo-Realism
The Bicycle Thief
dir. Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948, 35mm, Italian w/ English subtitles, b&w, 93 min.- New 35mm Print!
Sixty-fifth Anniversary screening! Introduced by Leonardo Guercio, Temple University
The Bicycle Thief quickly solidified its position as one of the greatest films ever made when it was originally released. In this December 13th, 1949 review for The New York Times, Bosley Crowther called it “brilliant and devastating -- a film that will tear your heart, but which should fill you with warmth and compassion.” Now, sixty years later, as the world faces what many consider the biggest economic crisis since The Great Depression, the story of The Bicycle Thief seems to resonate more strongly than ever. As A.O. Scott aptly states in his 2008 review, “this film seems more relevant, more powerful, maybe more real than ever before.”