Salon Italia. Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) by Vittorio De Sica

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Italian Cultural Institute

39 Belgrave Square

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Film screening (93’) introduced by Nick Walker and followed by a discussion.

In Italian with English subtitles.

During the hard years of poverty in post-World-War-II Rome, Antonio, a poor working-class man with a wife and a little son, is finally offered a modest job as a bill-poster with his own bicycle; a bicycle like the one Antonio was already forced to pawn. As a result, his wife, Maria, pawns the family's bed linen to redeem their bicycle, unfortunately, however, on Antonio's first day of work, the prized possession is stolen. Desperate, the ill-fated father and his boy, Bruno, will scour Rome's bustling streets on a gloomy Sunday to find the vital bicycle, but undoubtedly, this is an impossible task. Will Antonio ever get his job back?

‘Bicycle Thieves’ received an Academy Honorary Award (most outstanding foreign language film) in 1950 and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by Sight and Sound magazine's poll of filmmakers and critics; fifty years later the same poll ranked it sixth among the greatest-ever films. It is also one of the top ten among the British Film Institute's list of films you should see by the age of 14.

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