The Bicycle Thief

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Starring Enzo Staiola

Criterion Collection | February 13, 2007 | DVD

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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.

Video Release: February 13, 2007

Runtime: 89

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Criterion Collection

UPC: 715515022224

Found in: Action / Adventure, Drama, General

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The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Starring Enzo Staiola

Video Release: February 13, 2007

Runtime: 89

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Criterion Collection

UPC: 715515022224


Edition Description
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in Italian
  • Released in Italian

Description

Italian neorealism is born in this simple but touching story about a penniless bicycle messenger's attempts to find his stolen bicycle.

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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