|Fig 1 - Bicycle Thieves Poster|
At it's core, the film is a morality tale that is almost sermon-like in the way it plays out. Director Vittorio De Sica establishes the reality of a society impoverished by war and displays a blatant atmosphere of desperation among the working classes. The use of non-professional actors somehow heightens this reality, as the character of Antonio seems to represent the struggles of an average man attempting to maintain his dignity in times of sorrow. The final scene in particular highlights the lengths to which Antonio is pushed by the unfortunate circumstances of life, and ultimately turns the film on its head as a heart-breaking example of why 'an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind'.
|Fig 2 - Bicycle Thieves - Antonio and Bruno|
Overall I found the film to be incredibly poignant in it's simplicity. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be enchanted by this film and the message it demonstrates.
Fig. 1 Bicycle Thieves Poster (1948) From: Bicycle Thieves - Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
Fig. 2 Bicycle Thieves Screenshot (1948) From: Bicycle Thieves - Directed by: Vittorio De Sica