Monday Nights with Oscar® (New York)

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Introduced by Martin Scorsese

"A film of powerful simplicity, and that's a rare quality in movies." – Martin Scorsese on “The Bicycle Thief”

The Academy inaugurates a special “Member Selects” evening as part of the ongoing Monday Nights with Oscar film series.

Voted by the Academy Board of the Governors as “the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949,” “The Bicycle Thief” is a simple story of a father and son desperately combing the streets of post-World War II Rome in search of a stolen bicycle.

The father, who has been unemployed for a long time and is struggling to make ends meet, finally finds work posting flyers and scrapes together the funds to buy a bicycle. When his only means of transportation is stolen on his first day of work, any hope of a better life is lost as well.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica from a screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, the film gives a poignant look at post-war woes of poverty, hunger and despair, using untrained actors and everyday settings in classic Italian neorealist style.

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) is renowned for his love of cinema and knowledge of film history. His own heritage helped to develop his appreciation for Italian neorealism.

THE BICYCLE THIEF (LADRI DI BICICLETTE) – Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carrell.  Directed and produced by Vittorio De Sica. Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, based on a novel by Luigi Bartolini. 93 minutes. Print provided by the Academy Film Archive and screened with permission of Corinth Releasing. In Italian with English subtitles.

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Advance tickets are no longer available. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and names will be taken when the Box Office opens at 5 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins.

Ticketholders should plan to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. $5 general admission/$3 Academy members and students with a valid ID. Limit 2 at the discounted price.

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Event Information

Monday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, New York, NY
(between Park and Lexington)
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