The Bicycle Thief
Vittorio De Cica
by nimal dunuhinga
Life and career; Born into poverty in Sora, Lazio (in either 1901 or 1902 - sources are divided) , he began his career as a theatre actor in the early 1920s and joined Tatiana Pavlova's theatre company in 1923. In 1933 he founded his own company with his wife Giuditta Rissone and Sergio Tofano. The company performed mostly light comedies, but they also staged plays by Beaumarchais, and worked with famous directors like Luchino Visconti. His meeting with Cesare Zavattini was a very important event: together they created some of the most celebrated films of the neorealistic age, like Sciuscià (Shoeshine) and Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves, released as The Bicycle Thief in the U.S.A.) , both of which De Sica directed. De Sica is more well-known in the UK for appearing in the TV series The Four Just Men produced by Sapphire Films and distributed by ITC Entertainment, originally broadcast in 1959.
I have walked more than fifteen miles
As the doctor said if I want to live long
Walk as much as I can.
Almost tired and I saw a desperate bicycle at the roadside.
It's not locked and when I reached there
This miraculous cycle talked;
'Go ahead! '
I rode home and it's close upon midnight.
I stopped on the way to buy a loaf of bread
And Aunt Jemina's original bottle of syrup.
(My beloved make pan cakes for the breakfast.)
It's not there when I returned from the shop.
I laughed and murmured to myself;
'O my sin has been cancelled already
And I have no regrets anymore,
The total profit goes for you
And be the winner of the race! '
*God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.