As the country grew wealthier in the 1950s, a form of neorealism known as pink neorealism succeeded, and starting from the 1950s through the Commedia all'italiana genre, and other film genres, such as sword-and-sandal followed as Spaghetti Westerns, were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Actresses such as Sophia Loren, Giulietta Masina and Gina Lollobrigida achieved international stardom during this period. Erotic Italian thrillers, or giallos, produced by directors such as Mario Bava and Dario Argento in the 1970s, also influenced the horror genre worldwide. In recent years, the Italian scene has received only occasional international attention, with movies like Cinema Paradiso written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, Mediterraneo directed by Gabriele Salvatores, Life Is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni, Il Postino: The Postman with Massimo Troisi and The Great Beauty directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Ladri di biciclette (The Bicycle Thief)All-regions (NTSC) DVDVittorio de Sica (1948)Black & white film starring non-actors Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola. Story of Antonio Ricci, a poor man in post-war Rome whose bicycle is stolen on his first day of work as a laborer hired to deliver movie posters, a job that requires he have a bicycle. Poignant portrait of a father and son whose search for the stolen bicycle leads them through a world of indifference and challenges to the human spirit.In Italian with option of English subtitles; option of dubbed English dialogue soundtrack also available1 hour 29 minutes
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