The Bicycle Thief

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1950: “The Bicycle Thief” Heralds International Focus

In the room devoted to a Spike Lee exhibit at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which opened to the public in 2021, there hang three posters of movies that inspired the lauded director: Breathless (1960), by Jean-Luc Godard; Seven Beauties (1975), by Lina Wertmüller; and The Bicycle Thief (1948), by Vittorio De Sica. The Bicycle Thief was the very first movie to win a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film, in a ceremony held February 23, 1950, in the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel, the 1950 Golden Globes.