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Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
With Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Emilio Cigoli
Italy 1943, 35mm, b/w, 85 min. Italian with English subtitles

De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief ..

Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
With Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
Italy 1952, 35mm, b/w, 89 min. Italian with English subtitles

(released as The Bicycle Thief in America), both of which De Sica ..

In episode after episode, Antonio loses when he is outnumbered. I take it this reflects the vigorous Marxism of De Sica’s gifted screen writer, Cesare Zavattini, and probably De Sica’s own politics. The individual cannot win against the larger forces of society. Those forces will make him a thief or starve him. The film foreshadows his transformation when, twice, he cuts into lines of waiting people, once at a bus stop, once at the fortune-teller’s. At the bus stop the man he cut in front of loses his place and misses the bus. Poverty and desperation turn people into thieves.

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Associated with the forces that defeat Antonio are various kinds of fiction or fantasy. He is putting up a poster of Rita Hayworth in Gilda when his bicycle is stolen. There are shows in the restaurant and in the rehearsal at the union hall. There, the singer repeats the word gente, people, as if to emphasize De Sica’s theme of the many against the one. In an interestingly reflexive dialogue, the driver of a garbage truck complains that it rains every Sunday (his one day off). He has nowhere to go but the movies, and movies bore him. (Reality suddenly intrudes as he nearly runs down a pedestrian.)

Vittorio De Sica et al., The Bicycle Thief ..

Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
With Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger
Italy 1970, 35mm, color, 93 min. Italian with English subtitles

The Legacy of Mario Camerini in Vittorio De Sica's The ..

De Sica’s best known film and a foundational work of the neorealist movement, The Bicycle Thieves uses nonprofessional actors and incredible location shooting on the streets of a war-ravaged Rome to tell the gripping story of a downtrodden man whose quest to reclaim a stolen bicycle sends him on a spellbinding tour through the city’s working class neighborhoods with his young yet wise son. A heartbreaking work of redemption and hope in the face of overwhelming despair, The Bicycle Thieves is a richly insightful examination of the human condition.

'Umberto D.' Review: Vittorio De Sica and Indifference …

Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
With Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa
Italy 1951, 35mm, 96 min. Italian with English subtitles

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However, as if to rewrite Marx’s claim that religion is the opiate of the masses, De Sica gives us four different references to sports in contrast to the real world of work and poverty. There are the hundreds of bicycles that he sees outside the sports stadium just before he himself steals one. There are the cheers for the “Forza Modena” team, but more bitingly, the men riding bicycles for sport. The radio playing a sportscast outside the fortune-teller’s links sports to fantasy and falsity.