Bicycle Thieves (PG)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Dec 16 2008

All you ‘Concerned of Actons’ can put down those Biros and half-cocked sawn-offs right now: yes, two stars for one of the Greatest Films of All Time may seem a little derisive, but what a time to reissue this bleak and emotionally manipulative (sorry, ‘poignant’) vision of humanity crushed under the jackboot of destitution and economic downturn! Celebrating its sixtieth, De Sica’s neo-realist lodestone may have retained its vitality over the decades, but whatever sense of anger it whipped up in the disgruntled masses of postwar Rome feels lost to the excessively syrupy score and ‘doe-eyed kid’ sidekick. Sure, the stark location shooting and a yearning central performance from Lamberto Maggiorani – a regular stiff who needs to get his stolen bike back – are beautifully measured, but the laissez-faire approach to metaphor jettisons detail in favour of broader commentary. Why not seek out a DVD of something like ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ – also 60 this year – to really stoke those feelings of withering disenfranchisement?
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PG

UK release:

Fri Dec 19, 2008

Duration:

96 mins

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Brenton O

Well since it is apparently possible to be an expert on something you know absolutely nothing about - I might as well just consider myself an expert on film critiques. 

Here is my first critique of this film critique :


These negative critiques of the critique are better than the negative critique they are critiquing.


Blair Stewart

Late to the party but this is one of the great 'Emperor has no clothes' works of the past century. It doesn't hold a candle to the impact of 'Germany, Year Zero'.

frank

Trolls should write comments to articles, not the articles themselves... You're havin' a larf...

frank

Trolls should write comments to articles, not the articles themselves... You're havin' a larf...

Robert

I do not get it! This is a DULL film, nothing special at all. What the heck is all the rage over this run of the mill film? Oh well, to each his own.......

Thomas Adès

This absurd review is a disgraceful cry for attention by a desperate minor critic. Few films have more power to evoke sympathy for the underclass than The Bicycle Thieves, which moves the heart and the head with effortless humanity. Anyone who can't deal with period characteristics like the beautiful and empathetic score, utterly of its time and place, has no business setting himself up as an expert. This film is a deeply humane plea against injustice. That someone like this critic is able to crap on it so easily shows that it is more relevant than ever.

Thomas Adès

This absurd review is a disgraceful cry for attention by a desperate minor critic. Few films have more power to evoke sympathy for the underclass than The Bicycle Thieves, which moves the heart and the head with effortless humanity. Anyone who can't deal with period characteristics like the beautiful and empathetic score, utterly of its time and place, has no business setting himself up as an expert. This film is a deeply humane plea against injustice. That someone like this critic is able to crap on it so easily shows that it is more relevant than ever.

cristina

Although you are certainly entitled to your own opinion, it is apparent that those few whose comments were rather on the negative side have no real understanding of the Italians, Italy, WWII history of Italy, or of this time in Italy's cinematic history. Why bother to even comment? I certainly would not have the background to give an official review of films for which I have no knowledge of historical background or understanding.,,In Italy, I ladri... is considered "mitico".

cristina

Although you are certainly entitled to your own opinion, it is apparent that those few whose comments were rather on the negative side have no real understanding of the Italians, Italy, WWII history of Italy, or of this time in Italy's cinematic history. Why bother to even comment? I certainly would not have the background to give an official review of films for which I have no knowledge of historical background or understanding.,,In Italy, I ladri... is considered "mitico".

Jasperlo

Don't you realize you're not entitled to have your own opinion? You must like what the cogniscenti dictate, or you have no humanity. But seriously... I'm with you. I despise this maudlin piece of unsubtle manipulation. (And I like plenty of other slow, bleak movies). de Sica just piles it on. Stupid movie full of cardboard bathos. The only thing it lacks is a puppy in peril, which de Sica gets around to in Umberto D.

Eric

You have no idea what you are talking about. De Sica shows social mechanisms by only showing the characters, that is the basis of neo-realism! Go read Zavattini's essay "Some Ideas on Cinema" and then maybe you will finally understand what the hell neo-realism is.

Eric

You have no idea what you are talking about. De Sica shows social mechanisms by only showing the characters, that is the basis of neo-realism! Go read Zavattini's essay "Some Ideas on Cinema" and then maybe you will finally understand what the hell neo-realism is.

Anna Moran

This film is a classic slice of cinema history and has to be the best film from the Italian neo-realist period. I cannot understand why time out has given it 2 stars, yes it's no blockbuster but if you understand the history and the making behind the film, it's attempt to shun fake Hollywood films of the period and address the real life issues that were occuring at the time such as poverty, unemployment and the simple mans struggle to survive in life. In attempt to capture the gritty real life of Italy at the time, no trained actors were used, only natural light was used and no staging. This film really is a masterpiece and paved the way for other filmmakers to start capturing real life in film and not glossing over real life by creating films for escapism. I would recommend this film to anyone, I had to watch it as part of my university course and it is now my favourite film. Not a great deal happens in the film, it's one man and the quest for his bicycle, however its power is in the story and the filming, you are getting an insight into one man's life and his struggle to survive in poverty striken Italy. It's powerful, moving and subtle, a truely great film. Whoever wrote the review for time out, you should maybe learn about neo-realism, I think you're missing the point of the film and discouraging people to see a classic which isn't in the cinema for very long!

Anna Moran

This film is a classic slice of cinema history and has to be the best film from the Italian neo-realist period. I cannot understand why time out has given it 2 stars, yes it's no blockbuster but if you understand the history and the making behind the film, it's attempt to shun fake Hollywood films of the period and address the real life issues that were occuring at the time such as poverty, unemployment and the simple mans struggle to survive in life. In attempt to capture the gritty real life of Italy at the time, no trained actors were used, only natural light was used and no staging. This film really is a masterpiece and paved the way for other filmmakers to start capturing real life in film and not glossing over real life by creating films for escapism. I would recommend this film to anyone, I had to watch it as part of my university course and it is now my favourite film. Not a great deal happens in the film, it's one man and the quest for his bicycle, however its power is in the story and the filming, you are getting an insight into one man's life and his struggle to survive in poverty striken Italy. It's powerful, moving and subtle, a truely great film. Whoever wrote the review for time out, you should maybe learn about neo-realism, I think you're missing the point of the film and discouraging people to see a classic which isn't in the cinema for very long!