RCIFF Virtual Showing of Bicycle Thieves

RCIFF Virtual Showing of Bicycle Thieves

Contact: Dr. Liz Groff, groff@roanoke.edu

The Department of Modern Languages is pleased to present the third Roanoke College International Film Festival. This year’s theme is Social Justice and the Oscars. Each film will be followed by a post-screening, panel-led discussion.

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Runtime: 1h 33m

Director: Vittorio De Sica

Language: Italian

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.

Watch the trailer here


Prof. Giuliana Chapman has taught Italian at Roanoke College since 2000. In addition to teaching language courses, Prof. Chapman also teaches a short-term course on Italian film and leads an inter-disciplinary travel course to Rome.  She holds a Master’s degree in Italian Literature from the University of Virginia and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures. 

Dr. Wendy Larson-Harris got her BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, then her MA and Ph.D. in medieval English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching at Roanoke College in the English and Communication Studies Department since 2002, and coordinating the Screen Studies Concentration from its foundation in 2015. She teaches the introductory course ENGL256 Film Art and History and ENGL356 Gender in Asian Cinema. 

**All films are free and open to the public
** All films subtitled in English
**All films followed by a post-screening panel-led discussion

The year’s film festival is sponsored by Roanoke College and Roanoke Valley Sister Cities. Roanoke College sponsors include the Departments of Modern Languages, Anthropology, Sociology; Screen Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies concentrations; in addition to the Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, French Club, as well as the Jordan Endowment, Office of Community Programs, Center for Studying Structures of Race. 

Door” Prizes!Amazon Gift Cards will be given away each night! Please join us!

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