The Bicycle Thief 

One of the films I enjoyed watching in class was the tale of Antonio Ricci in “The Bicycle Thief”. This movie is about a working class family man’s missing bike story. Antonio earns a new job gluing posters on the streets of Rome. When him and his wife pawn their important belongings to buy a bike, his job begins. Unfortunately, his form of transportation doesn’t last long when he leaves his new bicycle unsupervised and it gets stolen. Devastated, we follow Antonio and his son Bruno’s hunt to take back what has been stolen. This film was very intriguing to me due to how old school Italian the miss-en-sen was. The high waisted pant suits, fedora hats, and non stop hand gestures really brought the italian culture to life. Since my family is Greek, these european mannerisms stood out and were relatable to me. The scene where Antonio approaches the boy who stole his bike when the whole neighborhood is sticking up for him and yelling was probably one of my favorite scenes. When all the men are forcing him out the area while yelling and waving their hands. This shows loyalty to their community and families. A big theme in the italian community, and added a little humor in the film as well. I was thoroughly entertained and impressed by this clever Italian film.

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One thought on “The Bicycle Thief 

  1. Great review and description of the Film. I also enjoyed the film. It is a very powerful and realistic film which is two of the reasons I like it so much. I also enjoyed how they did The scene where Antonio approaches the boy who stole his bike when the whole neighborhood is sticking up for him.

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