Tell your students about: “The Bicycle Thief”
This week's Foreign Film is truly a special event, one that UW-Parkside students have two opportunities to see free of charge. The Italian classic "The Bicycle Thief," one of the most honored movies of all time, is shown free to students with a university ID Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Cinema.
This is the story of a young father's increasingly desperate search through the maze of the streets of Rome for the man who stole his bicycle, the source of his livelihood. More significantly, this is a film about how a father appears in the eyes of a brave and loving son.
As father and son scour the city looking for his bicycle, their journey becomes an odyssey of post-war Italian poverty, and the camera constantly reminds us that Ricci is just one of thousands in the same predicament. A preview of the film can be seen online.
Routinely voted one of the greatest films of all time and revered as one of the foundation stones of Italian neorealism, Roger Ebert calls The Bicycle Thief "a simple, powerful film about a man who needs a job" and declares "it is still alive and has strength and freshness."Again, UW-Parkside students are admitted free with university ID Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.