I'm just starting to get into classic and foreign "serious" films - the kind that are in the Criterion Collection. With the channel now allowing instant streaming, I have no excuse to not watch the all-time greats. Bicycle Thieves is no exception. I don't know a lot about neorealism and Italian cinema, but I think this was an excellent entry point.
A beautiful, touching portrayal of working-class life in post-war Rome. Every single minute of this is gorgeous. From the realistic sweeping views of Rome to the intimate details on character's faces, every shot is incredible. You feel immersed as if a bystander character, caught up in the emotion and mood of the story. This is an instant classic, timeless portrayal of familial attitudes, the harsh realities of poverty, and morality. It's a simple plot, but it's something everyone should see. An amazing film.