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  • Directed by: Vitorrio De Sica
  • Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola
  • Year: 2021
  • Duration: 89min
  • Certificate: U
  • Type: Film

Scripted by legendary screenwriter and theoriser of Neorealism, Cesare Zavattini, and directed by the equally celebrated, Vittorio de Sica, Bicycle Thieves is the most archetypal neorealist film. With its location shooting, amateur actors and deep embedding in all the difficulties of life in the post-war world, it embodied all that the movement stood for. The film is certainly a document of that period, but what might strike us now, along with its extraordinary freshness, is how contemporary its themes of access to transport, debt, precarious labour and the loss of self-respect suddenly seem, almost as if the intervening history had been erased.

The film will be preceded by a short introduction from Martin O’Shaughnessy, Professor of Film Studies at Nottingham Trent, situating it within Neorealism but also speaking of its contemporary relevance.

Tickets: Pay What You Feel – FREE / £2 / £4 / £8

We’re offering tickets for this season on a sliding scale – choose what to pay based on your circumstances. If you can afford more, it helps us to give free or cheap tickets for those who may not otherwise be able to attend.

The season is sponsored by The Centre for the Study of Inequality, Culture and Difference and The Work Futures Research Group, both at Nottingham Trent University.

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