Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves). 1948. Italy. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini. With Vittorio Antonucci, Lianella Cavell, Giulio Chiari. 35mm. Italian, English subtitles. 90 min.
Truffaut muses, “On seeing The Bicycle Thief, for instance, (a critic is) likely to think this is just the sort of thing he might have written himself, but that thought couldn’t possible occur to him in connection with North by Northwest.”