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Bicycle Thieves (BFI Top 50) (33) Bicycle Thieves (BFI Top 50) (33)

Vittorio De Sica’s story of a father and son searching for a stolen bicycle on the streets of Rome is a classic of post-war Italian cinema. Vittorio De Sica’s story of a father and son searching for a stolen bicycle on the streets of Rome is a classic of post-war Italian cinema.
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A landmark of humanist filmmaking, Bicycle Thieves was a key work in the 1940s film movement known as Italian neo-realism. Like the wartime trilogy that Roberto Rossellini began with Rome: Open City (1945), it heralded a new kind of cinematic naturalism, employing non-professionals as actors and taking the camera out onto the streets to faithfully record the social realities of a Europe struggling to get back on its feet after WWII.

Adapted from a novel by Luigi Bartolini, the quiet tragedy of a father’s desperate hunt for a stolen bicycle that he depends on for his work has a fable-like simplicity. For all its vivid documentation of a downtrodden Rome, it is as a universal tale of human striving that De Sica’s film has proved influential.

“A heartbreaking, endlessly affecting piece of humanist cinema, sharp in its social criticism, yet ultimately life-enhancing in its belief in the decency of ordinary people.”
Phillip French, The Observer, 2008


Blu-ray Special Features

  • Brand new restored high definition digital transfer of the film
  • Newly translated and more complete optional English subtitles
  • Feature length audio commentary by Italian Cinema expert Robert Gordon, author of BFI Modern Classic ‘Bicycle Thieves’
  • ‘Cesare Zavattini’ - a feature length documentary by director Carlo Lizzani on the great screenwriter, novelist, critic, long time De Sica collaborator and founder of Italian neorealism
  • ‘Timeless Cinema’, a documentary portrait of director, actor and screenwriter Vittorio De Sica
  • Original trailer advertising De Sica’s films, featuring Bicycle Thieves star Lamberto Maggiorani and Francesco Golisano presenting Miracle in Milan
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Samuel Webster
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke, Cesare Zavattini’s essay Some Ideas on the Cinema, appreciation for Bicycle Thieves, contemporary reviews, and a note on the film by Vittorio De Sica from the original UK press book, illustrated with original stills and lobby cards.


A landmark of humanist filmmaking, Bicycle Thieves was a key work in the 1940s film movement known as Italian neo-realism. Like the wartime trilogy that Roberto Rossellini began with Rome: Open City (1945), it heralded a new kind of cinematic naturalism, employing non-professionals as actors and taking the camera out onto the streets to faithfully record the social realities of a Europe struggling to get back on its feet after WWII.

Adapted from a novel by Luigi Bartolini, the quiet tragedy of a father’s desperate hunt for a stolen bicycle that he depends on for his work has a fable-like simplicity. For all its vivid documentation of a downtrodden Rome, it is as a universal tale of human striving that De Sica’s film has proved influential.

“A heartbreaking, endlessly affecting piece of humanist cinema, sharp in its social criticism, yet ultimately life-enhancing in its belief in the decency of ordinary people.”
Phillip French, The Observer, 2008


Blu-ray Special Features

  • Brand new restored high definition digital transfer of the film
  • Newly translated and more complete optional English subtitles
  • Feature length audio commentary by Italian Cinema expert Robert Gordon, author of BFI Modern Classic ‘Bicycle Thieves’
  • ‘Cesare Zavattini’ - a feature length documentary by director Carlo Lizzani on the great screenwriter, novelist, critic, long time De Sica collaborator and founder of Italian neorealism
  • ‘Timeless Cinema’, a documentary portrait of director, actor and screenwriter Vittorio De Sica
  • Original trailer advertising De Sica’s films, featuring Bicycle Thieves star Lamberto Maggiorani and Francesco Golisano presenting Miracle in Milan
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Samuel Webster
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke, Cesare Zavattini’s essay Some Ideas on the Cinema, appreciation for Bicycle Thieves, contemporary reviews, and a note on the film by Vittorio De Sica from the original UK press book, illustrated with original stills and lobby cards.


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SKU 5027035011257
Catalogue Number FCD380
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1948
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Arrow
Countries Italy
Colour B&W
Language(s) Italian
Running time English
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U

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