LONDON – PROGRAMME 8

BICYCLE THIEVES


West Norwood Picturehouse 
Sunday 25th November, 8pm

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UNA STRADA DIRITTA LUNGA (A STRAIGHT LONG ROAD)
Italy 1994 5min.
Dir. Werther Germondari
Featured at the Cannes Film Festival, author Kirsten Thorup once called this film “a surrealistic vision of the hopeful and dangerous road of life.”

BICYCLE THIEVES
Italy 1948 93min.
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece of Italian neorealism cinema. Set in post-war Rome, it follows the misfortunes of down-on-his-luck Antonio (played by Lamberto Maggiorani) and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola). Over the course of the day they embark on a hunt for the father’s stolen bike, which he desperately needs to work and support the family. In 1952 Bicycle Thieves topped Sight & Sound’s inaugural greatest films poll and remains a favourite among both critics and audiences today.