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Auction History Result

2k197 BICYCLE THIEF Italian locandina R1955 Vittorio De Sica's classic Ladri di biciclette!

Date Sold 12/13/2018
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A 1955 Re-Release Theatrical Folded Italian Locandina Movie Poster (measures 13" x 28 1/2" [33 x 72 cm]) (Learn More)

Ladri di biciclette (released in the U.S. in 1949 as "The Bicycle Thief", but the literal translation of the title is "The Bicycle Thieves"), the classic 1948 Vittorio De Sica Italian neorealist melodrama ("Academy Award outstanding foreign language film 1949"; about a man and his son who search for a vital missing bicycle; most people rightfully consider this one of the handful of absolute finest movies ever made!) starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, and Vittorio Antonucci. Note that the Italian title literally translates to "The Bicycle Thieves", but for unknown reasons, the movie became "The Bicycle Thief" when it was released in English-speaking countries!
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Important Added Info: Note that I, Bruce Hershenson, believe that this poster is almost certainly from 1955, but I didn't used to think so! What happened is this: I first auctioned this poster when I organized Christie's Auctions, I listed it in that auction as an original 1948 locandina, because I was told by Jose Carpio that it was.
But since that time, I have auctioned the R55 one- and two-panels, and both of those have the phrase "Il film piu' premiato del mondo" at the very top, and the same phrase is on the locandina. When you add in that the locandina's art is incredibly similar to the art from the R55 one- and two-panels, and it is VERY different from the art on the 1948 one-panel, I think it is extremely likely that this undated locandina is from the 1955 re-release, and that they did not put the date on it (which is not uncommon). But this great poster IS a "country of origin" poster for this Italian movie.

Condition: very good to fine. Someone once started to fold this across the middle, and it is a very partial fold and almost invisible. There is slight darkening in the outer edges of the blank borders. Otherwise, the poster is in nice condition!
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