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Bicycle Thieves (1949)

Italy 93m, B&W
Director: Vittorio De Sica; Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Vittorio Antonucci

bicyclethievesHeralded as one of the greatest movies of all time, the Bicycle Thieves is neo-realist film that stands in marked contrast to the larger-than-life films of Hollywood. Notwithstanding the originality of this film, some decent production values and good acting, this remains a simple well-made film, but which offers little in the way of drama or entertainment value – which is ironically its main strength and perhaps its only truly remarkable aspect. In historical context, Bicycle Thieves is an important point in film-making, which arguably marked the return of realism to the cinema (Klaus Ming June 2009).

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This entry was posted on 06/25/2009 by in 1001 List, 1940s, All and tagged .
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