Antonio on cycle chased by men

Review & Synopsis: Bicycle Thieves ‘Ladri di Biciclette’ (1948)

Bicycle Thieves or Ladri de biciclette (1948) is an Italian Neorealism film directed by Vittorio De Sica. A film of Magnum Opus proportion.

Italian Neorealism (Italian: Neorealismo) is a national film movement characterized by stories set amongst the poor and the working class […] mostly contend with the difficult economic and moral conditions of Italian post–WWII.



“It’s a story of an everyday man. His despairs populate the script and struggles entertain the audience.”

Bicycle-thieves-coverThe more you write about it, the more it seems to be lesser, not in density but in charm of words which fails to suffice the magnificence of the film. De Sica’s generous vision of working out with non-professional actors in creating a realist and heart-wrenching story is amazing.

Poverty and crime, the most lauded about subjects in literature seem a mere story when the real events turn out of a just life of people living in the shadow of Post-WWII Italy.

One may find flaws in the actors, however, you must not forget that the casts are all actually Non-professionals. Said that, it’d be naive to assume, Lamberto Maggiorani (Antonio Ricci) and Enzo Staiola (Bruno Ricci) lack passion in delivering their characters. The characters which will be remembered till the end of time.



(Bicycle Thieves through Screenshots)

Antonio Ricci lands a job

Beginning: Antonio Ricci, a jobless father and husband, is offered a job of sticking film-posters on street walls, in a condition that he bring along a bicycle.

Antonio asks his wife for money to buy a bicycle

Antonio cannot produce a bicycle by himself. He asks his wife for financial hep.

Antonio's wife decide to sell bed sheets she bought as dowry

In hope of better future, she decides to sell the bed sheets she bought along in her marriage.

Antonio and his wife cheer for a life to come

Antonio manages to buy a bicycle. Both husband and wife look pleased.

Bruno Antonio's son cleaning the bicycle

Bruno Ricci, Antonio’s plucky young son, inspects the bicycle. He best puts his accent and mafioso swagger. Enzo looks less like a child and more like a midget, in the film.

Antonio's first day on job

The First day of Job: Antonio learns the trade. The same day, a young lad steals his bicycle.

Antonio and Bruno at petrol pump

Antonio looks at his young kid waiting for him on the street, in hope that the kid’ll ride back home in his father’s new bicycle.

Antonio and his friends decide to retrieve the stolen bicycle

ntonio, along with his friends, decide to recover the bicycle from stolen-goods market

Antonio runs on the fear of his sons life

As the search turns out in despair, Antonio becomes restless and cranky. He hits Bruno.

Client sulking over his luck at fortune teller's place

Bruno Antonio’s son cleaning the bicycle

Antonio apprehends the thief

Antonio nabs the young lad who stole his bike and apprehend him in public, however, the whole event creates a fuss, inviting public attendants to intervene

In despair Antonio looks for other opportunities

In lack of evidences and witnesses offered by Antonio, the young lad is set free and unharmed.

Tired and lost Antonio with his son

Both father and son seem contemplating.

Antonio about to steal a bicycle

Lost and in despair, he decides to steal a bicycle from the street.

Antonio on cycle chased by men

He’s briefly chased and is nabbed by some men

Antonios apprehended while-stealing a bicycle by some men

Antonio faces public humiliation and dismay. The fact that his own son witnessed the whole incident creates an awkward situation.

Antonio walks towards uncertain future

Antonio, along with his son, is seen walking towards the uncertain future [End Credit rolls]


Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Written by Luigi Bartolini, Produced by PDS Produzioni De Sica, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, Starring: Lamberto Maggiorni, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell and others



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