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Screening of "Bicycle Thieves" will be Nov. 10

On Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., come to the OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange for the screening of Bicycle Thieves, the award-winning and Oscar nominated classic Italian film. This program is free and open to the public and is intended for students as well as the general public.

“Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.”  (Criterion Film Collection)

Presented as originally created in black and white, the film is 89 minutes in length in Italian with English subtitles.  Jean Carlos Cowan, PhD, a SUNY Orange Global Studies professor, will introduce the film, giving it some historical and artistic perspective for a modern audience. Dr. Cowan will also lead a post-screening discussion with Q & A.

Released in 1948, and first shown in the United States in 1949, Ladri di biciclette (sometimes known in the United States as The Bicycle Thief), received numerous awards, including:

  • Honorary Academy Award (1950): voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.
  • Academy Award Nomination (1950): Best Screenplay, Cesare Zavattini
  • BAFTA Film Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) (1950):               Best Film from any Source
  • Golden Globes Award (1950): Best Foreign Film
  • Listed as one of TCM's top 15 most influential films.

The film stars Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, and Lianella Carell, among others; with cinematography by Carlo Montuori, and original music by Alessandro Cicognini.

For more information, send an email to, call (845) 341-9386, or check out the SUNY Orange website at: Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

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Joanne Zipay
Cultural Affairs