• The Cinematic City is an ongoing screening and lecture series at Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive about how films are shaped by urban environments. Among the films coming up in the lineup is Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist masterpiece Bicycle Thieves, which will play on February 20. Besides being a heartrending study of poverty and struggle and a luminous evocation of the love between a father and son, De Sica’s film is a lasting document of devastated postwar Italy. Watch the clip below for a sample of how a sense of place is so vital to De Sica’s dramatic story of a man whose livelihood is threatened when his bicycle is stolen.

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