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Vittorio De Sica

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ShoeshineShoeshine (1946) Recommended
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Perhaps Vittorio De Sica's first acknowledged masterpiece, concerns two young boys struggling to survive on the streets of post–WWII Rome by…
Bicycle ThievesBicycle Thieves (The Bicycle Thief, Ladri di biciclette) (1948) Aro Favourite
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Feat. Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
A huge sentimental favourite about a man whose chance at meaningful labour is taken from him when his precious bicycle is stolen from him. Though not…
De Sica Collection, TheDe Sica Collection, The (The Bicycle Thief, Miracle in Milan, The Roof) (1949-1956)
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Three films from Italian master Vittorio De Sica. Includes the previously unreleased THE ROOF (1956).
Miracle in MilanMiracle in Milan (1950) Aro Favourite
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Feat. Paolo Stoppa
Memorable foray into satirical fantasy for dir. de Sica, in which a hobo philanthropist is given the power to work miracles in the…
Indiscretion of an American WifeIndiscretion of an American Wife (1953)
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Feat. Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift
Little–seen melodrama with Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift as lovers, together for one last fling. An Italian–American…
Madame De...Madame De... (Earrings Of Madame De..., The) (1953) Recommended
Dir. Max Ophuls
Feat. Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Charles Boyer
Widely considered one of the dir.'s peak achievements, this gracefully and ironically traces a doomed menage–a–trois in 18th century…
Roof, TheRoof, The (Tetto, Il) (1956)
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Feat. Gabriella Pallotta, Giorgio Listuzzi
Moving (and until recently, exceptionally hard to find) neo–realist drama that latches onto the hard times of a newly married couple who…
Farewell to Arms, AFarewell to Arms, A (1957)
Dir. Charles Vidor, John Huston
Feat. Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica
Expensive, though wooden adaptation of the Hemingway classic set around a love story on the Italian Front in WWI. Despite a Ben Hecht script, the…
Umberto D.Umberto D. (1959) Recommended
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Feat. Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
A pensioner struggles to make ends meet in post–war Italy. Gloomy neo–realist piece wrenches the heart through a compassionate lead…
Millionairess, TheMillionairess, The (1960)
Dir. Anthony Asquith
Feat. Peter Sellers, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica
Loren plays a spoiled heiress who tries to 'buy' a husband in the form of principled doctor Sellers. Fairly good adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's…

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