Thursday, 15 November 2012

Ladri di biciclette (film)

Hailsham Film Club is presenting a 'nostalgia' film from 1948 at the beginning of December. Italian film Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) was directed by Vittorio De Sica and comes very highly recommended: it received an Academy Honorary Award in 1950, was called 'the best film of all time' by Sight & Sound magazine in 1952, and is also in the top ten of the British Film Institute's list of films you should see by the age of 14 - so I might have left it a teeny bit late then!

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.

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