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Bicycle thieves / un film P.D.S. - Produzioni De Sica, S.A. ; soggetto di Cesare Zavattini ; scenaggiato da Oreste Biancoli [and others] ; regia, Vittorio De Sica.

Format Video (DVD), Book, and Electronic
EditionSpecial ed.
Publication Info[Irvington, N.Y]. : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
Description2 videodiscs (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (75 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
Other author/creatorZavattini, Cesare, 1902-1989 screenwriter.
Other author/creatorBiancoli, Oreste, screenwriter.
Other author/creatorMontuori, Carlo, 1885-1968, screenwriter.
Other author/creatorDe Sica, Vittorio, 1901-1974, screenwriter, director.
Other author/creatorMaggiorani, Lamberto, 1910-1983 actor.
Other author/creatorStaiola, Enzo, 1939- actor.
Other author/creatorCarell, Lianella, 1927-2000, actor.
Other author/creatorCicognini, Alessandro, composer.
Other author/creatorBartolini, Luigi, 1892-1963 Ladri de biciclette.
Other author/creatorProduzioni De Sica S.A.
Other author/creatorCriterion Collection (Firm)
Other author/creatorImage Entertainment (Firm)
Uniform titleLadri di biciclette (Motion picture)
Parallel title Bicycle thieves
Variant title Bicycle thief
Series Criterion collection ; 374
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 374. ^A506835
Contents Disc 2, the supplements. "Working with De Sica (23 min.) -- Life as it is : the neorealist movement in Italy (40 min.) -- Cesare Zavattini (56 min.).
Abstract In post-WWII poverty-stricken Rome, a man struggles to earn a living for himself and his family. When his bicycle and main means of transport is stolen, with his young son in tow, he attempts to find the thief.
General noteBased on the novel: Ladri de biciclette by Luigi Bartolini.
General note"Restored high-definition digital transfer"--Container.
General note"Under exclusive license from Image Entertainment"--Container.
General noteOriginally released as a motion picture in 1948.
General noteSpecial features: "Working with De Sica" featurette, a collection of new interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico, actor Enzo Staiola, and film scholar Callisto Cosulich; "Life as it is: The neorealist movement in Italy," featurette, a new program on the history of Italian neorealism in cinema, with film scholar Mark Shiel; Documentary by Carlo Lizzani on longtime De Sica collaborator and neorealist Cesare Zavattini.
General noteProgram notes on container insert include the following essays : "A passionate commitment to the real" by film critic Godfrey Cheshire, "Ode to the common man" by filmmaker Charles Burnett, "Some ideas on the cinema" by neorealist writer Cesare Zavattini, "Bicycle Thieves" by film critic Andre Bazin, and the following remembrances : "My secret" by director De Sica, "But this is Maria" by actor Carell, "We were always on the street" by Luisa Alessandri, "The smallest detail" by Sergio Leone, "Many friends, much noise" by Manuel De Sica, "Money kills the imagination" by Maria Mercader.
CreditsFotografia [= cinematography], Carlo Montuori ; scenografo [= art director], Antonio Traverso ; montaggio [= editor], Eraldo Da Roma ; musiche del maestro [= music], Alessandro Cicognini.
Cast Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci, Giulio Chiari, Elena Altieri.
Audience Not rated.
Technical detailsDVD.
LanguageIn Italian or dubbed English with optional English subtitles.
Awards noteWinner, Honorary Academy Award for most outstanding foreign film released in the United States in 1949 ; Winner, Best Foreign Film, 1950 Golden Globes ; Winner, Best Film from Any Source, 1950 BAFTA Awards ; Winner, 1949 National Board of Review, USA, Best Director (Vittorio de Sica), Best Film.
Genre/formFilm adaptations.
Genre/formFiction films.
Genre/formMelodramas (Motion pictures)
Genre/formFeature films.
UPC 715515022224
Publisher numberCC1681D Criterion Collection
Stock numberMidwest Tape

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