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The Bicycle Thief

When: Sun., June 10, 7 p.m. 2012

Sometimes a film transcends its own era to become a permanent cultural and national touchstone. The neo-realist masterpiece The Bicycle Thief is such a film for Italians. Lamberto Maggiorani is Antonio, who lands a precious job in postwar Rome pasting posters all around the city. The job has one requirement: He has to have his own bicycle. When Antonio's bicycle is stolen, he and his son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) pursue the thief throughout the city. Director Vittorio De Sica shot entirely on location and used everyday people as actors; Maggiorani had been working in a factory. Raw and poetic, this film's humanism spoke to Italians after the war and still has moral gravity today. Released in 1948, it was awarded a special Academy Award as an "outstanding foreign film" nearly a decade before that category was added to the Oscars. The film begins at 7 p.m.; a $6 ticket is good for the remaining three films in the Cinema, Inc. series. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $6

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