Bicycle Thieves ★★★★½

A simple story about the theft of a much-needed bicycle on which Di Sica hangs a portrait of post-war Rome. We are carried through Rome's streets, houses, cafes and bordellos meeting characters made rich or poor depending on who they were prepared to step on.

The ending of the man and boy disappearing into a crowd of people suggests that this is just one of the stories that could have been told.

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