February 13, 2007
- Runtime: 89 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in Italian
- Released in Italian
Italian neorealism is born in this simple but touching story about a penniless bicycle messenger's attempts to find his stolen bicycle.
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.