As an experimental film director, Walther Ruttmann (1887-1941) had created each one of his films as a visual symphony that was perfectly timed with a rise and fall of orchestral proportions that would make classical composer Richard Wagner smile with enthrallment.
In the post-World War II Val Melaina neighbourhood of Rome, Antonio Ricci is desperate for work to support his wife Maria, his son Bruno and his small baby. He is offered a job of pasting advertising bills but tells Maria that he cannot accept because the job requires a bicycle.
Director Raymond Bernard has adapted Victor Hugo's lengthy French novel Les Misérables into a three part film adaptation. The unabridged transcript for the book itself is about 1,400 pages in length, depending upon which publication copy you happen to consulting.