A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ...
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Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.
Vittorio De Sica
Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.
A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing ... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica, heir to a large sum of money and owner of a newspaper vending stall, makes enough money out of his business to take a vacation at a fashionable resort. He is given a ... See full summary »
A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's father has left her and she doesn't know how to tell to her parents that she's not married. She asks Paolo to play the role of her husband and he accepts....Written by
This film of Alessandro Blassetti fully deserves its status of one of the '100 Italian films to be saved'. Its pedigree is impressive. The ubiquitous Zavattini had a hand in the story which was adapted by Guiseppe Amato with yet another marvellous score by Alessandro Cicognini. Czech Vaclav Vich was behind the camera and production design was by Virgilio Marchi. The gallery of characters is wonderfully observed. Gino Cervi has never been better and there are standout performances by Adriana Benetti as Maria, Aldo Silvani and Giacinto Molteni as father and grandfather. This is quite simply a masterpiece of early Neo-Realism. Unforgettable. A film very much of its time but timeless. It spawned a few remakes the best of which is undoubetdly that of Mario Soldati in the fifties starring Fernandel as the kind-hearted salesman but even that version suffers by comparison. Coincidentally Fernandel and Cervi were to play opposite each other in the Don Camillo series. Three other versions, two from Bollywood and one from Hollywood are worthless.
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