Child in a rebel camp in the north-eastern Central African Republic. Photo by Pierre Holtz.
Bicycle Thieves - The film centers around a man named Antonio Ricci who is unemployed in post-WWII Italy. He is desperate for work while having to support a wife and two children. After a little searching, he finally gets a job putting up posters, but there is a catch. He must have a bicycle to ride in order to get the job done and is told “No bicycle, no job.” His wife Maria pawns their bedsheets in order to be able to afford a bicycle from the pawnbroker.
However, not long after he gets the job, his bicycle is stolen by a young thief as he is putting up a poster. He goes to the police, hoping that they will take this theft seriously, only to be surprised that they choose not to go after something of the sort. He tells his friends and they look for the bicycle with him resulting in no such luck. Eventually, he and his son go to a restaurant and he tells him that if they do not find the bicycle, they will starve. He then requests additional help in a desperate search for his bicycle which will determine he and his family’s livelihood.
LIFE Presents: Alfred Hitchcock— As the director of classic thrillers like Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock is, of course, best known for his work behind the camera. He created 50 feature films across six decades, and invented seminal camera techniques still duplicated today. But Hitchcock was also something of a ham on the other side of the lens…