The Bicycle Thief (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | September 6, 2011 | Add Comments

The Bicycle Thief (Flack’s Review): 5 out of 5 reels

This film is unlike anything else and is simply amazing. The Bicycle Thief is about Antonio, a poor man with two kids and a wife. He gets a job but needs a bicycle so he gets one. But then it is stolen. Along with his friends and family he looks for his bike. Why? Because he can’t do his job without it…….

This film is a masterpiece of cinema. The story is well developed, interesting, mysterious, sad, brilliant and simple all at the same time. The film is in Italian and was made in Italy, but you can watch it with subtitles or dubbed in English. I think the film would be just as powerful as a silent movie. All the actors are great especially Lamberto Maggiorani (who wrote the book the film was based on) as Antonio, and Enzo Staiola as his son, Bruno and the black and white is beautiful. But the best thing about the film is how real it is. For example in one scene when they are chasing the thief there is no big action packed music, it just is how it would be in real life. When you watch this film you won’t think “wow they made it seem real” because this film makes you feel like you are in the story.

My favorite characters are Antonio and Bruno because Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola are excellent actors and the characters are interesting.

My favorite scene is the last one because it is powerful.

This movie is sad. It’s real. It’s interesting, well acted, and excellent. This movie is The Bicycle Thief.

Note: I like the U.S. title Bicycle Thieves because it reflects the ending. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about, but if you haven’t, I don’t want to spoil it.


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