Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri, Gino Saltamerenda
“To eat like them, you’d have to earn a million lira a month.”
Considered by many, one of the best movies of all time, Bicycle Thieves (“Ladri di biciclette”), is an astonishing film due to the actors and its simple but thoughtful action. It gave me a lot of feelings, which made me wonder if destiny is real or if it’s just something foolish. I still believe in destiny, although sometimes it’s pretty hard to believe in it.
This neo-realistic Italian film portraits an ordinary family after the 2nd World War. They have a lot of financial problems, the reason why the husband tries to get a well-paid job. For that, he needs a bicycle, which may seem something common, but for him, that bike means much more, and you’ll see why. Vittorio De Sica shows perfectly the life of the working class, which is filled with a lot of injustices, something common in that day, and even today, unfortunately. Everything about this film is so real, and it will make you wonder what is wrong with this world.
The actors are incredible. The main character, Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), deals with a lot of problems to keep his family happy. He is the unjustified character because he tries to do the best, but sometimes everything is against him. His son, Bruno Ricci (Enzo Staiola), is also an unforgettable character. He is clever, and he knows what his father is dealing with. He tries to remain with his father, although he is a pretty tough person.
This is the first film I watched from Vittorio De Sica. It impressed me so much. Even though I haven’t lived in that period, he integrates you in the story so good you stand by the main character till the very end.
You have to watch this film, which is on the list of once in a lifetime. I’d say it’s one of the best Italian movies, although I haven’t watched so many Italian films. I hope you’ll watch it because you won’t forget.