Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

I woke up early on my day off, made myself a strong cup of french roast, went down to the basement with my laptop, and watched "The Bicycle Thief" on Netflix.

This gut wrenching tale of desperation was shot in post World War II Italy and directed by Vittorio De Sica. It's a relatively simple plot of a man's quest to find his stolen bicycle, which he needs to keep his job, and his family out of poverty. It's a film about pride, humility, and integrity. It's about staying true to one's principles in the face of adversity.

Even though it's a pretty sad movie, I find it to be really powerful, and a must see for anyone interested in great filmmaking.

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