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Bicycle Thieves 1948

  • Vittorio De Sica
  • December 12, 1949
  • 93 mins
  • Italian
  • Drama
A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.
Antonio, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, at last finds a good job hanging up posters, the only requirement for which is that he must have his own bicycle. When Antonio's bicycle is stolen, he and his son are forced to walk the streets of Rome in search of it, or else face ruin.


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a middle-aged man and his son experience the hardships of impoverishment in Italy 1949. A well-known thieve, known to the locals as a humble man, steals the bike from Ricci (the protagonist) and Ricci goes on a hunt with his son to find the thieve.


While this movie symbolizes the hardships of the Great Depression, it also shows the degradation of the middle and lower class and opens up the reality that the high-class elitists rule the job districts through politics and militarism. As Ricci and Bruno find the thieve, the military police can't establish any evidence to take him down. In the end Ricci gives into temptation and the realization that he's no better then the thief himself and tries to steal a upper-classman bike from one of the stoops, he fails and gets branded as a scumbag and a thief, degrading himself in front of his son and the society itself. The movie ends with Ricci and his son fading into the Italian crowd, they've now became faceless to the society.

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