THE BICYCLE THIEVES (1949)
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.
Director: Vittoria De Sica