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The Bicycle Thieves DVD 1948 Ladri di Biciclette / Directed by Vittorio de Sica / Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

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The Bicycle Thieves DVD 1948 Ladri di Biciclette / Directed by Vittorio de Sica / Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

UPC 5027035004150

REGION 2 PAL DVD

MADE IN EU

AUDIO: Italian mono

Subtitles: English

Total Runtime: 87 minutes

 

CONDITION OF THIS DVD IS USED VERY GOOD!

 

English Summary:

Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette; sometimes known in the United States as The Bicycle Thief) is a 1948 Italian neorealist drama film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family.

In the post-World War II Val Melaina neighbourhood of Rome, Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) is desperate for work to support his wife Maria (Lianella Carell), his son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) and his small baby. He is offered a job of pasting advertising bills but tells Maria that he cannot accept because the job requires a bicycle. Maria resolutely strips the bed of her dowry bedsheets‍—‌prized possessions for a poor family‍—‌and takes them to the pawn shop, where they bring enough to redeem Antonio's pawned bicycle.

On his first day of work, Antonio is atop a ladder when a young man (Vittorio Antonucci) snatches the bicycle. Antonio gives chase but is thrown off the trail by the thief's confederates. The police warn that there is little they can do. Advised that stolen goods often surface at the Piazza Vittorio market, Antonio goes there with several friends and Bruno. They find a bicycle that might be Antonio's, but the serial numbers do not match.

 

Italian Summary:

Roma, secondo dopoguerra. Antonio Ricci, un disoccupato, trova lavoro come attacchino comunale. Per lavorare deve però possedere una bicicletta e la sua è impegnata al Monte di Pietà, per cui la moglie Maria è costretta a dare in pegno le lenzuola per riscattarla. Proprio il primo giorno di lavoro, però, mentre tenta di incollare un manifesto cinematografico, la bicicletta gli viene rubata. Antonio rincorre il ladro, ma inutilmente. Andato a denunciare il furto alla polizia, si rende conto che le forze dell'ordine per quel piccolo e comune furto non potranno aiutarlo.

Tornato a casa amareggiato, capisce che l'unica possibilità è mettersi lui stesso alla ricerca della bicicletta. Chiede quindi aiuto a un suo compagno di partito, che mobilita i suoi colleghi netturbini con i quali, all'alba, insieme con il figlio Bruno, che lavora in un distributore di benzina, si reca a cercare la bicicletta: dapprima a piazza Vittorio e poi a Porta Portese, dove solitamente vengono rivenduti gli oggetti rubati. Tuttavia non c'è niente da fare: la bicicletta, probabilmente ormai smembrata nelle sue parti, non si trova.

 

Cast / Interpreti e personaggi

  • Lamberto Maggiorani as Antonio Ricci
  • Enzo Staiola as Bruno Ricci, Antonio's son
  • Lianella Carell as Maria Ricci, Antonio's wife
  • Gino Saltamerenda as Baiocco, Antonio's friend who helps search
  • Vittorio Antonucci as Alfredo Catelli the Bicycle thief
  • Giulio Chiari as a Beggar
  • Elena Altieri as the Charitable Lady
  • Carlo Jachino as a Beggar
  • Michele Sakara as the Secretary of the Charity Organization
  • Emma Druetti
  • Fausto Guerzoni as an Amateur Actor
  • Giulio Battiferri as a Citizen Who Protects the Real Thief (uncredited)
  • Ida Bracci Dorati as La Santona (uncredited)
  • Nando Bruno (uncredited)
  • Eolo Capritti (uncredited)
  • Memmo Carotenuto (uncredited)
  • Giovanni Corporale (uncredited)
  • Sergio Leone as a Seminary Student (uncredited)
  • Mario Meniconi as Meniconi, the Street Sweeper (uncredited)
  • Massimo Randisi as a Rich Kid in the Restaurant (uncredited)
  • Checco Rissone as a Guard in Piazza Vittorio (uncredited)
  • Peppino Spadaro as a Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Umberto Spadaro (uncredited)

 

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Screenplay by
  • Oreste Biancoli
  • Suso D'Amico
  • Vittorio De Sica
  • Adolfo Franci
  • Gherardo Gherardi
  • Gerardo Guerrieri
  • Cesare Zavattini
Story by Cesare Zavattini
Based on Bicycle Thieves
by Luigi Bartolini
Produced by
  • Giuseppe Amato
  • Vittorio De Sica
Starring
  • Lamberto Maggiorani
  • Enzo Staiola
  • Lianella Carell
Cinematography Carlo Montuori
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Music by Alessandro Cicognini
Production
company
Produzioni De Sica
Distributed by Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche
Release date
  • 24 November 1948 (Italy)
Running time
87 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

 

 

 

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