A key film in what became known as the Italian Neo-Realist movement, inaugarated in post-WWII Italy through the use of lightweight 16mm cameras, a cast of non-professional actors and actual locations rather than studio sets. Director Vittorio de Sica's film won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1949. It tells the story of Antonio, a working-class Italian, living just above the poverty line. When he finally lands a job as a bill-sticker, his happiness is short-lived as his bicycle, essential for the promised job, is stolen. With his small son Bruno he tramps the city in a desperate search for the precious bicycle.
Audio commentary with Italian cinema expert, Documentaries, Booklet with new and classic writings on the film
Release Date: 28 February 2011
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 87 minutes
Production Year: 1948
Main Language: Italian