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Paul Jensen

THE BICYCLE THIEVES (1949) 5 stars

The greatest Italian neo-realist film. A boy loses his innocence and a man becomes what he hates most. Simplistic yet universal and timeless. What I find most astonishing about this gentle film is how the most tender and simple images can evoke such a strong emotional response. De Sica knows that a simple gesture of a boy taking his father’s hand can be as moving and profound as anything in cinema.


Genre: Foreign
Director: Vittoria De Sica