February  Posted by filmlounge

THE BICYCLE THIEF (Vittoria De Sica, 1948, Cert U)

STOW FILM LOUNGE @ MIRTH, MARVEL & MAUD (SMALLER CINEMA ON THE LOWER LEVEL IN THE FORMER GRANADA), 186 HOE ST, WALTHAMSTOW 17 4QH. This landmark Italian neo-realist drama shows Antonio, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, get a good job at last. He needs a bicycle in order to hang up the posters but soon this is stolen. He and his son Bruno walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. However, he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won’t be able to keep his job.

The film contains a simple story about the lives of ordinary people, outdoor shooting and lighting, non-actors mixed together with actors and a focus on social problems in the aftermath of World War II. The movie focuses on both the relationship between the father and the son and the larger framework of poverty and unemployment in postwar Italy.

As in such other classic films as Shoeshine (1946), Umberto D. (1952), and his late masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971), De Sica focuses on the ordinary details of ordinary lives as a way to dramatize wider social issues. As a result, The Bicycle Thief works as a sentimental study of a father and son, a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century’s most influential film movements.


Doors 14.15, Film 14.30, Close 16.30

Freshly made popcorn and ice-creams will be available.

£7.50/£5.50 concessions. Available online or on the door.

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