A movie everyone interested in film should watch. It’s not only a classic because of the great story, a lyrical masterpiece (Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola play a father and son, who search for his stolen bicycle vital for his job) but also because of Vittorio De Sica, who directed every scene with a beautiful sense of control and balance. It’s unbelievable that this movie was only nominated for one Oscar (screenplay) and then didn’t even win. De Sica’s career is most impressive, being involved in nealy 200 films, 165 of them as an actor. This film remains one of his greatest achievements. Italian cinema at it’s best.
A poor young father in postwar-ravaged Rome who finally finds work putting up Rita Hayworth posters around town, only to have his precious bicycle stolen the first day on the job. Now the father and his young son chase after the thief.