Movie 95: The Bicycle Thief (Ladri Di Biciclette) 1948

Synopsis in one sentence:

A story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family.

What I think?

This movie has an amazing story. There are things that you can learn by watching this movie, including but not limited to: 1. How to steal a bicycle and 2. How NOT to steal a bicycle. For the most part of the movie, it’s just Antonio and his young son Bruno. They searched everywhere for that bike, and at the end (*spoiler*) he became the person he hated to be. Seriously though, this was a really good movie. It was even included in the British Film Institute’s list of films you should see by the age of 14. There are a lot of things you can learn aside from the ones I mentioned. This movie has portrayed the moral dilemmas of a person who has to do anything to keep his family fed. I can really feel the emotions that the actors portray in the movie. It also gave me an idea how the post war Italy was like. All I can say is, thank God I was born in this era. Anyway, if you want to see a good black and white foreign film, then this should be on your list.

Next Attraction?

ALIEN (1979)

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