Now considered a masterpiece of Italian neorealism, at the time De Sica had to raise money from his friends to make Ladri di biciclette. All the filming was done on location with no studio work and De Sica used only non-actors. The story is loosely based on a novel by Luigi Bartolini and was adapted for the film by Cesare Zavattini.
In post-war Rome, Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) is trying to find work to support his family, His is offered a job but cannot accept as he has no transport. His wife, Maria (Lianella Carell), pawns the linen that was her dowry in order to buy him a bicycle and the couple are temporarily able to celebrate a change in their fortunes. However, on Antonio's first day, while he is up a ladder working, a young man (Vittorio Antonucci) steals his bicycle and he is unable to catch the thief. Antonio and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) search Rome all day, trying to find the young man and the bicycle, but without success. Finally, the desperate Antonio sends his son home and resorts to theft himself.
Hailsham Pavilion, Tue 4th Dec, 19:45.
Tickets £6.50 (£5 concessions). Available online, by calling 01323 841414, or in person at the Box Office.