Movies offer an escape from reality. They offer a passage to an alternate universe for from reality. Who really wants to go to a movie and see a whole lot of realism? What the audience cares is for some bang for their buck real Entertainment. I mean Action, Romance, Thrills, Fights Comedy and all those good things far from the reality of the real world. But there is a whole different set of breed out there who only see cinemas utility in portraying the grimness of reality. I am wondering myself how I got to write this article. As a blogger you are in the exploratory mode and I stumbled upon the 10 must see movies of all time and I found the movie Bicycle Thieves in that List. Thanks to Larry Pages Algorithm A.K.A google I discovered Neo Realism and Its influence on Indian Cinema and how it influenced Satyajith Ray the Greatest Indian Director of all time and the winner of a Life time Oscar award. Some how I felt I can share my findings in my blog.
Bicycle Thieves released under the name The Bicycle Thief in the United States is a 1948 film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family.
Adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini from a novel by Luigi Bartolini, and starring Lamberto Maggiorani as the desperate father and Enzo Staiola as his plucky young son, Bicycle Thieves is one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism. It received an Academy Honorary Award in 1950 and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound magazine’s poll of filmmakers and critics; fifty years later the same poll ranked it sixth among greatest-ever films.It is also one of the top ten among the British Film Institute’s list of films you should see by the age of 14.