Vittorio De Sica's 1948 masterpiece, Bicycle Thieves, is considered one of the greatest Italian neo-realist films and one of the greatest of all-time. De Sica adapted a novel in which he wanted to portray the post war poverty and underemployment that Italy was suffering through at the time. It stars Lamberto Maggiorani, not a professional actor, as Ricci, a man who joins a hopeless queue every morning looking for work. Then there is a job for a man with a bicycle and Ricci says he has one, but he has to get it out of hock by pawning sheets and it is stolen from him on the first day of work. The rest of the film is spent trying to recover the bicycle to avoid starvation. The cinematography is startling well-done in several real locations in Rome with several non-actors. It is a heartbreaking tale of poverty and can be seen by some as leftist I would imagine.