The Bicycle Thief

In Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film The Bicycle Thief, we are brought into the world of an Italian family and the struggles the man of the house faces by trying to do whatever it takes to support his family. The film begins with him getting a job that requires him to have a bike. He and his wife end up selling a bunch of their things in order to afford a bike. Unfortunately, after he finally gets his bike, it gets stolen on his first day on the job. He spends the rest of the movie trying to track down the guy who stole his bike and taking whatever measures he needs to get his bike back, otherwise he won’t be able to go back to work. This lands him in a bit of trouble along the way and ultimately, you can see the change in his character throughout the progression of the film. When he first gets his job he seems like the most humble hero of the family with the best heart. However, by the end of the movie it’s clear that he has changed into a completely different person based off of the actions he takes to get what he wants.

There was one scene in particular that I felt was the ultimate climax/ turning point in the story. It features going back and forth between the main character and the POV shots of what he’s looking at, as he thinks of his options and the major decision he has to make. This scene was very well put together as the back and forth shots created suspense, keeping the audience on the edge of their seat wondering what he’s going to choose. I have to admit that I was very disappointed by the ending of the film only because I’m not a fan of a film that feels as if it doesn’t have a resolution or ends without the main characters being happy/satisfied, but that’s just me. For the most part, this was a very interesting and realistic story that did wonderfully at conveying family values.


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