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Ladri di Bicicletas

Ladri di Bicicletas
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): "Ladri di biciclettes" in TL by... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-06 9:04
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
«Ladri di Bicicletas» (Bicycles Thief), is a film from the italien director Vittorio De Sica, unanimously considered a classic, voted by the Academy (Oscars) as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949, that celebrates forty years in 2008.

The film tells the story of an unemployed worker called Antonio in the depressed post-World War II economy of Italy, that, after a long wait, gets a job posting flyers (of Rita Hayworth) in the streets of Rome. However, because to this job Antonio needed a bicycle, his wife pawns her wedding sheets to get the money to redeem his bicycle from the pawnbroker.

In the first day of work, the bike was stolen, and Antonio and his son Bruno spend the rest of the film searching for it. Antonio obtains to locate the thief (who had already sold the bicycle) and called the police, but he had to abandon his cause for missing proofs, and because the thief’s neighbors were giving him a false alibi.

At the end of the film Antonio, desperate to keep his job, attempts to steal a bicycle himself, but he is caught and humiliated in front of his son Bruno. However the owner of the bicycle declines to press charges, realizing that the humiliation is punishment enough. Antonio and his family face a bleak future, and the film ends, with Antonio's realization that, after all, he is not morally superior to the thief.

This photo was taken in the village of Côja (clientele of Lousa, district of Coimbra, Portugal center) and is dedicated to Vittorio De Sica that, with this film, taught me to be careful when judging others, because in the end I could be no better than them.


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Nice profiles of this wall.
I like the concept.
It's an elegant shot.

Hi Jose!
wonderful capture
great mood and well worked photo
very very nice shot
perfect title too
Hav a wonderful week end

WHat a coincidence Jose. I was just watching the 'Bicycles Thief' movie a week ago on cable TV. This is such a wonderful tribute to Vittorio De Sica, a favorite film director. The image indeed reminds me of the film. It has a nostagic feel to it and could very well be a period scene from the movie. My compliments and best regards...Danilo

Ho Jose,
Great composition with the old-fashioned houses and the bicycle. Beautiful colours and contrast, nice vertical positioning of the image. Well done, TFS!

Good choice of the format, nice light and colours and interested theme ! TFS

Bonour Jose,
Atmosphere, atmosphere...yes I loved Le Voleur de Bicyclettes in B&W and other films less known as le General della Rovere.This is a good shot with great Pov and colours and De Sica and neorealism are not very far.

Hello Jose,
nice note about a classic of our cinema, and also very good morals to close the note.
I am pleased that you have dedicated such a beautiful picture to a film so beautiful.
Best regards
Have a nice week end.

Good subject, good composition, good sharpness and detail.

Personall I would go for a tighter crop, perhaps eliminating the foliage and the archway on the left to keep the shot simpler and more singleminded in its subject.


Hi Jose,
Wanderful caught well composed and presented with great colours and sharpness, Excellent POV. and details, nice note of the film produced by Victorio de Sica, good profiles and ppwork..
well done.
Michel ...Thank...

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-12-06 11:05]

Hi Jose...

What an interesting photo!
I like the composition and presentation.
Excellent colors, clarity and details.
Well done.

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  • Mravka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 203 W: 0 N: 270] (8806)
  • [2008-12-06 11:14]

hi jose,
great composition, beautifull colours and interestig POV
best regards, biljana

ciao jose
che bella foto
molto ben composta e bei colori

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  • roald Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 57 N: 65] (773)
  • [2008-12-06 11:56]
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hi jose.

i'm impressed. another unique approach to a common theme. i like the way you capture it like its just a part of a whole compo and yet it draws attention of its own. beautiful, especially with the long vertical presentation. my congratulation.


*agree with rew re: tighter crop on the left. nevertheless, im fascinated with the work.

Ola dear Jose.
Excellent ARTistic looking picture.
Could have been a painting.!
Perfect composition and lovely Mediteranium colours.
Groeten van Jan

Hello Jose,
Excellent capture.Amazing colors on the right
bicyle enhances the scene.Excellent composition.TFS

Excelente composición y colores...saludos

Ola Jose! Amazing take. Good colors. Good sharpness. Good picture. Well done!

Hi Jose
One more great photo with this specific atmosphere..
fantastic crop,colors and compo..
all the best

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-12-06 20:20]

I like this, the warm colors are very nice. Good pov. An interesting scene. TFS

Hi Jose
Very nice picture and story.
Great capture,nice perspective,tones and excellent lighting.

Hi Jose
Nice nostaljic shot with a great mood.
Good composition and old fashionate shot.
Regards, Alireza.

Hi Jose!
Nice details and wonderful colours!I like it.

Bom dia Master
Wonderful composition
Great street and perspective
Excellent note
Have a nice Sunday

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-12-07 7:34]


Génial comme tu as capté le vélo, tout en mettant en valeur la belle rue, le pavage, le couleur, superbe.

bravo et amitié


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-12-07 11:25]

So simple and normal it is,but thanks to you so unique it looks.

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-12-07 13:39]

I Jose, really a good composition, nice natural colours and light. I like your note too, to be without to judge is my rule of life also...sincerely I try but sometimes is so difficult!
Ciao, cinzia

Ciao Jose, bel riassunto dello splendido film di De Sica e bella immagine emblematica che ce lo riporta alla memoria, elegante composizione con la bicicletta in primo piano e le graziose facciate bicolori, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-12-07 17:59]

Hi Jose,
Impeccable composition with neat lines and fluid colors. This is a relevant intepretation of this unforgettable film.
Realy beautifully done! Annie

Boa noite Jose
Beautiful composition, nice colours and the bicycle is a great. Great title and great note.
Vais para o Ladri di biciclettes
My regards

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2008-12-07 23:01]

Hi Jose:
Fantastic composition. Beautiful colors and great pov. I like the placement of the bicycle.

Welcome Jose,
great spoted segment space of architecture with prop (bicycle). Nice composition and unique atmosphere.
Regards - Slawek (I remember this film)

Hello Jose!
What a woderful composition and story! I like this juxtaposition between blue and yellow. And this bicycle...it complite excellent picture. Your photo has a soul of southern.
Best regards,

Hi Jose,
Wonderful composition like a oil painting...
Nice colours, good perspective and excellent details.
Well done my friend.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Simple and powerful still life. Excellent street photography.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-12-08 8:52]

hello Jose

Interesting feature of bicycle in this composition of the alley view showing shades of blue, white and brown.

Nicely composed to give effect to the color impression.

tfs, bill

Hello Jose,

Only two are words.
I admire your pictures!
Grat Laci

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
  • [2008-12-08 13:08]

ciao José,
this picture is symply magnific, the perspective, the subject and the soft colours make it wonderful, thaks a lot also for the gift to my Country talking about De Sica and of an Italy that maybe does not exist any more in the reality but lives forever in our hearth, really bravissimo
kind regards

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2008-12-08 13:24]

... and if the photo is not enough by itself, you also quote one of the masterpieces if Italian Neorealistic cinema!
Ladri di biciclette is a movie that all Italians should see, to remember that not so many years ago we were a poor nation coming out of WW II as a devastated country, both physically and financially. all those fellow countrymen of mine who have become intolerant towards immigrants and consider themselves above the uncertainties and difficulties of life should travel back in time and see what we were.
I love the subdued colours and the lonely, almost forgotten bicycle. well done!

dear josè , the bike is resting briefly, but rearing to go forward to see more of the world,
and your note is magnificent as usual , good night maestro!
really we may be no better than the next person whom we may be tempted to judge-
we must always bear that in mind, first and foremost -

Ciao Jose

Lindo Visual, bonito a composição,
excelente cores e detalhes.
Sem dúvida bem composto e
apresentado com grande cores e nitidez,
Como ja te falaram um elegante tiro!


This is a lovely shot.
In a sense, exotic, makes you want to travel.
I like the composition, and the vibrant colours. I wish you would have included a bit more of that arch..it make me want to see more of it. I guess we all see things differently.
Would make a nice postal card..)))

Hi Jose, a nostalgic capture from an old street with nice composition and colours. The architecture resembles that of Cyprus. TFS.

Excellent POV and vertical composition Jose!
The use of color here is especially appealing.
Well placed the bicycle in the frame, an artistic view.
Well done.
- Vincent

Hi Jose,

this is wonderful shot; nicely composed, great colours and sharpness and wonderful details.

What can I say? Excellent job.

Have a nice day,


Hello Jose
bella questa strada con la bicicletta
Mi piacciono molto i muri colorati delle case

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  • Maged Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 9 N: 251] (2656)
  • [2008-12-09 12:55]

Hello Dear Jose
You are not only lawyer , but always i feel you have strong stories in your shots, even if no one read the note , the picture want to tell itself, very classy shot my friend.
Best Wishes.

Hello Jose,

Lovely composition and very artistic processed shot.
Good perspective, beautiful work!

Malik & Mary.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-12-09 16:33]

HI Jose
I remember seeing this film and it seems like centuries ago, when many italian films were very popular with stars like S Mangano,S Loren, and the other Vittorio, mostly black & whites. Really good movies.

You did a great job with the photo and also with the note, and I admit that the last paragraph of what it taught you is so apropos.

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  • bakyy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 64 W: 36 N: 32] (1200)
  • [2008-12-10 13:51]

nice Jose, nice
very god capture
old cycle, old street, old colors...
regards Bane

HI Jose...this is a nicely composed shot...great colors and details..very nicely done.


simple but effective composition, nice POV and perspective of the image, nice colors as well.TFS.

Hi Jose,
Perfect daily life scene.
Eye catching atmosphere and colors.
Selahattin E

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-12-11 9:16]

Hi Jose
A nice tribute to a great personality and as usual a carefully combined note with a foto. I still use my bicycle on the everyday errands as my city is flat and using a car is pointless. In Great Gatsby in the beginning there's a similar idea, "before you criticize someone remember that not all had the same opportunities as you"

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2008-12-11 9:26]

Hi Josè, wonderful picture for the colors and the light. It was a pleasure to read about our De Sica. Thank you

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-11 11:07]

Hi Jose,
Stunning daily life wiew. I like position of bycycle.

Hi Jose,
A wonderful image vith superb street perspective.Nice lightig and details.TFS.


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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-12-11 20:33]

Ah...a poignant image and an excellent note to go with it! Good composition and light quality to ensure most of the attention is on the bicycle, yet there is still a good sense of context and mood. Interesting incidental details. Well done!

Marvelous work, Jose!
Love the combination of compositional contrasts: vertical/ horizontal, blue/orange, curved/straight lines, as well as the inclusion of the bicycle, a very suggestive element, and the overall plasticity of the image. That archway certainly leaves enough room for a virtual escape...
Best regards,

Ciao Jose'. This is a refined and important taken. Good perspective and contrast. The broken arch is the sign of a great artist. A magnificent tribute to the Italian's cinema. Thanks my friend.


Hello Jose,
very interesting pov, interesting colors and Mexico like scenery.
Very peacefull atmosphere you have captured here and very artistic composition you have created,
Thank you for your professional comments and kind words again,
your hints mean how professional you are and how much knowledge you got about art, sence of beauty and design.
Regards Caesar

Hi Josè!
Like very much your image (and your cinephile spirit!) ;-)
An atmosphere that directly hits in the deep of one's heart.
Ciao, Antonella

Hi Jose!
Very good shot with a great atmosphere and details. I saw the film long time ago on TV in Hungary , I liked it very much.
I was happy when I read the story of the film (recalled the history) and the wise thought at the end on your note.
Regards! Csilla

An excellent PoV Jose.I like the soft effect of the painted walls of the houses, and the cobbled street.No over-exposure here, just a masterful use of the light.
The bicycle is perfectly placed in the frame.
Good interesting notes.I want to see this film now!
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi dear jose,
this is very beautiful and very atmospheric picture .It has some kind of nostalgic mood ...Perfect work my friend
warm regards

Olá José,

Excelente captura.
Boa perpectiva com lindas cores e detalhes interessantes.
Fantastica composição.

Hi Jose
Good composition, beautiful colors, nice scene, well done.

Very well seen and captured, Jose. The portrait orientation of the frame compliments the vertical lines of the doors and windows. The bicycle is well-placed in the lower right. The worn colors of the wall provide a warm feel. Nice work.

Olá José!

Gostei muito da solidão nesta fotografia e perspectiva.
O efeito aplicado no chão também é muito interessante. Aumento do brilho? Ou isso ja é alguma opção da camera?
Parabéns meu amigo.

um grande abraço.


An essential and effective composition, with good distribution of space, a fine depth, where the eye focus naturallly on the bicycle. Molto bene,
My best wishes for the New year,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-12-30 2:14]

Hi Jose,
your metaphoric shot is very well presented and excellent pestel coloured. I like the texture created, just like a painter's canvas.
Really unique and pleasant.


hello Jose,

Superbe cette photo de rue, pleine de couleurs, de matières et de détails.
Bonne soirée

You know I just love this shot! There is something about the bicycle, sitting there, alone, parked that says a lot and adds a lot to the shot. Something about the light hitting the top of it that is so nice. I think without it it would just be an ordinary shot! Very well done Jose!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-01-07 9:46]

Hello Jose, fantastic composition, great quality! Great light and colors, I love it, thanks!


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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2009-01-12 11:38]

Hi Jose!
wonderful capture - great mood!

Ola Jose...

I like your composition in this photo...good colours and great architecture you showed...
TFS ! Greetings ! Isabela

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-02-10 13:44]

A wonderful image with superb street perspective.
perfect title from you again.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-06 11:48]

Hello Jose.
Great picture here with nice, pastel colours.
Well composed with the bike on the foreground my friend.
Janek Kloss

Hi Jose!

Great photo! Very impressive lights and warm mood! Fantastic composition based on colours!

Regards from the Netherlands,

Hello Jose, I just saw this shot on the TL homepage. Fantastico!! It's timeless with the antique looking colors - looks like it could have been taken 40 years ago! Just love the feel of this shot.
Great job
Greetings from Canada

Hi Jose!
Great composition with great colours.
Good picture. Well done!

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