Vittorio DeSica's THE BICYCLE THIEF
Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald
After seeing this film for the first time, I sat stunned. The first thing that came to my mind was, “Is this the best film I’ve ever seen?”
The story is simple — an out of work Italian laborer in post-WWII Rome gets a job — but only if he has a bicycle to transport him to and from work. His wife hocks their bedclothes to get his bike back from the local pawnshop, but on his firstday on the job the bicycle is stolen. Thus starts a desperate city-wide quest to find the bike, this working man’s key to feeding his family.
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Perhaps the message that comes through most strongly with this film is, “This is the way it is. Bad things happen. Good people suffer. We all make compromises. That’s life in the big city. Now what were you complaining about?”
Review copyright (c) 2004 by Dennis D. McDonald