DIRECTOR: VITTORIO DE SICA
CAST: LAMBERTO MAGGIORANI, ENZO STAIOLA, LIANELLA CARELL
Selected by Mr. Kim as part of Staff Picks: Kim's Video, a series made up of film selections and introductions by Mr. Kim and a number of former Kim's store clerks. Staff Picks will continue throughout 2022, each month featuring selections that celebrate the small and specialty video stores, independent theatres, and community hubs where passionate film lovers gather.
The single best-known work of postwar Italian neorealist cinema, with a script by the movement’s leading theoretician/philosopher, Cesare Zavattini. Using nonprofessional performers and shooting in the real streets of Rome, Bicycle Thieves tells the story of a penniless man (Lamberto Maggiorani) who’s first overjoyed to find a job hanging posters that will allow him to provide for his family, then crestfallen when the bicycle he needs for his work is stolen. A simple story, told honestly and with infinite compassion—and a quiet revolution in world cinema.