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NourNasreldin's avatar


Films as simple as Ladri Di Biciclette simply aren’t made anymore. And so, I find it amusing for me to sit back and watch a picture that will not try to fool me in any way. If anything, it leaves me entirely rooting for the main character spoiler. Even though I wouldn’t normally consider this film as my cup of tea, it has fulfilled my demands as a film viewer in regards to acting, emotions, character development, drama and camerawork. In a nutshell, this film is straightforward, truthful and quite stirring.
7 years 3 months ago
zkrat's avatar


You'll need some anti-depressants after that, i guarantee it. Great flick.
7 years 9 months ago
Mic's avatar


Quintessence of Italian Neorealist Cinema: brilliant portrait of post-war Italy (for post-war Germany see Rosselini's "Germania Anno Zero" (1948) of the same of year) and the best example of the drama that could occur in everyday situations, definitely worthy of a movie camera.
7 years ago
Kenneth McMahon's avatar

Kenneth McMahon

Very moving father-son relationship, particularly in that last scene. Even though I knew the ending beforehand, it still struck a chord.
7 years 9 months ago
viet-tan's avatar


One of the great things about this film is the fact that it's so simple, yet it compels you to keep watching.
10 years 2 months ago
Stefanaki's avatar


@Edu ohm
Did you expect a happy ending from a neorealist Italian movie? I will add that this is a black and white movie (big spoiler!) :)
9 years 11 months ago
jhhayes's avatar


I found the film very engrossing which is sort of odd considering it is a film about a man having his bike stolen. Very well made.
11 years 6 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


I almost saw Bicycle Thieves in a Film History class, but I was exhausted that day (college life) and slept through it. Not a comment on the film, I had my head on the desk before the first five minutes. So I was happy to finally see it this week, though it's really one of those pieces of cinema that's been quoted several times over the years (most recently - and extensively - in an episode of Master of None). Like its namesake, Bicycle Thieves creeps up on you. It shows you systemic poverty in post-war Italy, with characters struggling for subsistence but still giving in to costly temptation. And you're fine. It evokes deep poignant ironies like the need for a bicycle to get a job but money to get a bicycle, and the victim turning thief as one might expect. And you're fine. It has a great relationship between father and son (non-actors both, which seems incredible given their performances) and you're still fine. Or so you think. In the last few minutes, it all hits you, not in what is said, but what is left unsaid. The thieves have taken this man's bicycle, and with it his livelihood, and finally, his dignity. And if you don't feel for him, you feel for his son, sole true witness to the unraveling of his father. And suddenly, I'm not fine anymore.
2 years 5 months ago
canaan's avatar


this was great. a simple film with touching characters and a spoiler. Also great to see rome in the post war era. recommended.
3 years 2 months ago
armyofshadows's avatar


A film truly perfect, holding no significant flaws. Beautiful and true, accomplishing very much in very little time.
3 years 7 months ago
kaffy's avatar


I want all my kids to turn out like Bruno. What a wonderful child actor for the character! The entire cast is great, but Enzo really stands out, especially during that last scene...
8 years 9 months ago
kellilee's avatar


I can't believe I've never even heard of this movie. Great acting, good story.
9 years 5 months ago
giin's avatar


Such a dear tragedy
10 years 1 month ago
DynatiaCydonia's avatar


simple, realistic and quite touching
11 years ago
Nilofarish's avatar


Great movie. A true masterpiece. I feel so sad for the father.
11 years 3 months ago

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