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VIRTUAL VIEWING PARTY The Bicycle Thief (1948)

VIRTUAL VIEWING PARTY The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Date & Time

August 12, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Classic Film Matinee virtual viewing party

In post-WWII Rome, Antonio Ricci struggles to provide for his family and is overjoyed when he gets a job as a bill-poster. But it is conditional on having a bicycle, and his wife has to pawn the family linens to get his bike out of pawn. On his first day, a bold young thief steals his bike. In a last ditch effort to keep his job, Antonio and his son set out to find it.

The Bicycle Thief was shot on location in the streets of Rome using non-professional actors, giving chilling authenticity to the story of a man’s desperate bid to provide for his family.

A masterpiece of Italian filmmaking and foundation stone of the neo-realist film movement, Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief was awarded an honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Film and is regularly voted one of the greatest films of all time,

This will be a virtual event via Zoom and Beamafilm.

💥There is a TWO STEP registration process:
1. Register below to receive the Zoom meeting details.


2.  You must have a Beamafilm account to watch the film. Please set up a Beamafilm account at least 2-3 days before the event so that there are no issues on the day. Beamafilm is 100% FREE for SMSA members. Non-members may join SMSA or use their existing Beamafilm accounts. No action is required if you already have a Beamafilm account.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

AKA Bicycle Thieves or Ladri di biciclette (original title)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Screenplay by Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Gherardo Gherardi, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci

Based on a novel by  Luigi Bartolini

Starring Enzo Staiola and Lamberto Maggiorani

Music by Alessandro Cicognini

Cinematography Carlo Montuori

| Italian with English subtitles

How it will work

We will convene on Zoom for a short introduction by Peter Rainey, then you will be prompted to log into Beamafilm* to watch the film. After the film finishes, we will reconvene on Zoom for a wrap up discussion and questions.


3.00pm   Zoom Introduction
3.30pm Watch film on Beamafilm.
approx 5:10pm Zoom wrap up discussion and questions


To watch this film, you will need to have a Beamafilm account. Beamafilm is 100% free for SMSA members. (No action is required if you already have an account).

Please make sure you set up your Beamafilm account at least 2-3 days before the event.

It is your responsibility to do this ahead of time, as staff will not be available to assist you on the day of the screening. 

To set up your Beamafilm account.

  • SMSA members can set up a Beamafilm account for FREE using your SMSA Member Number, which can be found on the back of your membership card or by emailing the Library at library@smsa.org.au. Beamafilm is 100% free for SMSA members.  Click here to set up your Beamafilm account.
  • Non-members are welcome join SMSA at smsa.org.au/join or use their existing Beamafilm account. Once the library has processed your membership and sent you your Member Number, you can then create your FREE Beamfilm account.  NB: Please allow 2-3 additional days for the Library to process your membership and send your SMSA Member Number to you. Memberships cannot be processed over the weekend.

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