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Ladri di Biciclette - Roshni Sheth Dr Serge Bokobza FLL 303...

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Roshni Sheth Dr. Serge Bokobza FLL 303: History of World Movies I November 11, 2010 Ladri di Biciclette Critical Film Review The film Ladri di Biciclette is an Italian neorealist film that was released in 1948. The film was directed by Vittorio De Sica and written by Cesare Zavattini, who wrote almost all of De Sica’s neorealist films (Kawin and Mast 360). The film stars Lamberto Maggiorani as Antonio Ricci and Enzo Staiola as his young son Bruno. In America, Ladri di Biciclette was the first film that was a “highly publicized import” and “proved that a particular type of film, inexpensively produced, more obviously sociological and less idealized than the Hollywood film, could attract interested audiences to small theatres while slick Hollywood films played to empty houses in large ones” (Kawin and Mast 350). Interestingly enough, American film producers made De Sica an offer to make the film a high budget Hollywood production with Cary Grant in the lead role, but De Sica declined and chose Maggiorani, a factory worker, instead. His decision exemplifies the whole spirit of the neorealist movement: “authenticity rather than pretense, earthiness rather than sparkle, the common man rather than the idol” (Kawin and Mast 362). Ladri di Biciclette begins with Antonio Ricci standing in line for employment. He is given a job but need a bicycle to work. His wife pawns the sheets from her dowry to get his bicycle from the pawnshop. On Antonio’s first day of work, his bicycle is stolen while he is hanging up a movie poster. He tries to run after the thief but cannot catch up to him, and the police tell him that he must search for the bike on his own. The next day, he, his son Bruno, and
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