Shoeshine

Shoeshine

Sciuscià

DVD - 2011 | Italian
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In post WWII Italy, Giuseppe and Pasquale work on the street shining the shoes of American troops. But when the boys are falsely accused of a crime, they are sent to a brutal state juvenile detention center.
Publisher: [Bellmore, N.Y.] : International Classic Films LLC ; Port Washington, N.Y. : Entertainment One, 2011
Edition: Standard format
ISBN: 9781417234516
1417234512
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Sciuscià

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princeofdarkness
Oct 05, 2016

De Sica definitely knows how to get the best out of child actors. "Bicycle Thieves" & "The Children are Watching Us" are two other films in which children play a pivotal role. He also has a talent for balancing social commentary with drama. Once I've seen more films by Rossellini and Visconti, I'll have a better idea of his place in the Italian neorealist movement. On the basis of the three films mentioned above, he shows a sure hand in getting his messages across. I'd venture to guess that an American director given this subject might not have been as successful, for a number of reasons. Not a surprise that the film won an Oscar, before the Oscars had a category for Best Foreign Film.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 22, 2014

English title: "Shoeshine"
A landmark neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica and originally released in 1946. If you like this, also check out De Sica's "Bicycle Thieves" and "Umberto D.," Rossellini's War Trilogy, and Visconti's "La Terra Trema" and "Obsessione."

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Monolith
Oct 03, 2013

A very humbling look at the consequences imposed upon these two young men, who achieve their dream to own a horse through the lure of easy money/petty crime in post-WWII Italy. Remarkably well done film from Vittorio De Sica ("Bicycle Thieves", etc.)

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Oct 03, 2013

Pasquale Maggi (as the film projector is being set up in the boys' prison): "In here they feed us, they shelter us, they give us clothes, and they even entertain us. What else could we want? This is paradise!"

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