Bicycle Thieves (4K Restoration)

Co-Sponsored by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois in celebration of their 20th Anniversary. 

NR, 89 minutes

Released in Italy on November 24th, 1948, BICYCLE THIEVES (LADRI DI BICICLETTE) celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year.

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award®-winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for his work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, BICYCLE THIEVES embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty. (1948, Vittorio De Sica, Italy, Italian with English subtitles, 89 min, NR, DCP)


“Decades later, you can see the influence of Bicycle Thieves everywhere, in a variety of genres and languages.” — Christy Lemire,

The Bicycle Thief is so well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“One of the great, perfect crystalisations of a specific point in time into a particular film, this is one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever.” — David Parkinson, Empire Magazine


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