Bicycle Thieves Film Still

Bicycle Thieves

Vittorio De Sica

 
Bicycle Thieves (Criterion Blu-Ray)

29 Mar 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Italy
  • 1948
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #374

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration (4K on the Blu-ray), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Working with De Sica, a collection of interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi d’Amico, actor Enzo Staiola, and film scholar Callisto Cosulich
  • Life as It Is, a program on the history of Italian neorealism, featuring scholar Mark Shiel
  • Documentary from 2003 on screenwriter and longtime Vittorio De Sica collaborator Cesare Zavattini, directed by Carlo Lizzani
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and reminiscences by De Sica and his collaborators

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: Ode to the Common Man

By Charles Burnett February 12, 2007

Bicycle Thieves is truly one of my favorite films. I could watch it over and over again, and in truth, I have. It’s a complicated and eloquent story in spite of its simple plot. The first time I . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real

By Godfrey Cheshire February 12, 2007

Viewed in retrospect, much of modern cinema can seem to flow from twin fountainheads: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948). Though separated by World . . . Read more »

Interviews

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A Visit to the Nitrate Picture Show

By Hillary Weston June 03, 2016

The Tales of Hoffmann, dirs. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (1951) Over one glorious weekend in May, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, revived a theater-going experience . . . Read more »


Video

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Working with Vittorio De Sica

March 31, 2016

Since its initial release more than half a century ago, Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves has been lauded as one of cinema’s greatest achievements. Loosely adapted from a novel by Luigi . . . Read more »


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Watch This! Liv Ullmann Recommends . . .

December 31, 2015

Back in October, the great Liv Ullmann stopped by Criterion to film a program for the release of Jan Troell’s 1970s films The Emigrants and The New Land, which form a two-part epic in which . . . Read more »


Features

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​Hou Hsiao-hsien on the Films That Changed His Life

By Hillary Weston October 20, 2015

Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien is back with an awe-inspiring martial-arts epic. Read more »


Big Screen

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Alfred Hayes, Screenwriter

By A. S. Hamrah September 17, 2013

The author sheds some light on the fascinating life of the American scriptwriter behind Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan. Read more »


Big Screen


Clippings


Dispatches

Remembering Suso Cecchi D’Amico

By Antonio Monda August 02, 2010

The great, beloved screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico died this past weekend at the age of ninety-six. A longtime collaborator of Luchino Visconti’s (theyre pictured together above), including on . . . Read more »


Clippings

Ken Loach’s Real Favorites

May 20, 2010

To coincide with the Cannes premiere of his latest film, Route Irish, English social-realist director Ken Loach (Kes, Hidden Agenda) has written a short reminiscence for the Guardian’s ongoing . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: Ode to the Common Man

By Charles Burnett February 12, 2007

Bicycle Thieves is truly one of my favorite films. I could watch it over and over again, and in truth, I have. It’s a complicated and eloquent story in spite of its simple plot. The first time I . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Bicycle Thieves: A Passionate Commitment to the Real

By Godfrey Cheshire February 12, 2007

Viewed in retrospect, much of modern cinema can seem to flow from twin fountainheads: Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948). Though separated by World . . . Read more »

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