The Bicycle Thief
or The Bicycle Thieves
by Vittorio De Sica
Minor ones who represent different social groups or different social
the search process: from the "right" places (police station and market),
to more and more desperate ways of searching (including seeking help from
the fortune-teller and stealing).
The poor: The other unemployed;
the community the thief belongs to and his family;
The rich people in the restaurant
The middle-class who can enjoy leisure time:
The "charitable women" in the church
The policemen who fail to enforce justice
Sontana: The foretune-teller
major images: bicycles and their parts, crowded buses and the crowds
on the street; the wooden ladder; the pawnshop with piles of pawned goods
The film is set in post-World War II
The actors in the film were all amateurs.
Vittorio De Sica decided not to use professionals.
The one poster Ricci is putting up that we
see in detail features Rita
Hayworth in Gilda (1946).
Neorealism: From a
1. "neorealism took its stories
from the struggles of the working class, went out into the streets to record
them, and used non-professional actors to tell them. This style borne of
scarcity is also typified by a grainy, almost documentary cinematography,
and frequent use of hand-held camera.
2. "Cesare Zavattini, the script writer
for Bicycle Thieves, was the most important theoretician
of neorealism. He wrote his screenplay in just four days after watching
an attempted theft while sitting at an outdoor Roman cafe. "My fixed idea
is to deromanticize the cinema," he said. "I want to teach people
to see daily life with the same passion they experience in reading a book."
A committed Marxist, he spread his ideas in polemical essays and critiques
as well as in many screenplays and collaborations with Vittorio de Sica
and other directors.
About the director:
Vittorio De Sica: bio