Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Ieri oggi domani)

Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Ieri oggi domani) Italy (1963) Dir. Vittorio De Sica The legendary Father of Italian Neo Realism may have drifted away from the genre he helped put on the map by the 1960’s but that didn’t stop him from having things to say about class structure and economic struggles of the ordinary … Continue reading Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Ieri oggi domani)

Il Boom

Il Boom Italy (1963) Dir. Vittorio De Sica By the time the 1960’s had arrived Italian cinema had fully made the lateral shift from gritty social dramas to Commedia All'Italiana (Comedy Italian Style). Vittorio De Sica’s Il Boom is a wry look at the economic boom Italy enjoyed in the 1950’s and the change in … Continue reading Il Boom

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)

The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini) Italy (1970) Dir. Vittorio De Sica The last major success for the Godfather of Neo Realism cinema Vittorio De Sica is an adaptation of the 1962 novel by Giorgio Bassani, part of his highly regarded series exploring the lives of Italian Jews in Ferrara, northern … Continue reading The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)

Sunflower (I girasoli)

Sunflower (I girasoli) Italy (1970) Dir. Vittorio De Sica In the late 1940’s/50’s Vittorio De Sica was at the forefront of the Italian Neo-Realist movement with his string of seminal gritty, social commentary dramas such as Bicycle Thieves, Shoeshine and Umberto D. By the time the 60’s had arrived De Sica’s films had slipped into … Continue reading Sunflower (I girasoli)

Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano)

  Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano) Italy (1951) Dir.  Vittorio de Sica An eccentric old lady Lolotta (Emma Gramatica) discovers a newborn baby in her cabbage patch which she takes in and raises as her own, naming him Totò. Upon Lolotta’s death when Totò is 11 years-old, he is sent to an orphanage until … Continue reading Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano)

Shoeshine (Sciuscià)

  Shoeshine (Sciuscià) Italy (1946) Dir. Vittorio De Sica In post war Rome, two young friends, Giuseppe Filippucci (Rinaldo Smordoni) and Pasquale Maggi (Franco Interlenghi), test ride horses with the dream of owning one themselves, but with both being poor this is seemingly out of their reach when one horse is up for sale. However … Continue reading Shoeshine (Sciuscià)

Marriage Italian-Style (Matrimonio all’italiana)

  Marriage Italian-Style (Matrimonio all'italiana) Italy (1964) Dir. Vittorio De Sica Domenico Soriano (Marcello Mastroianni) is a rich businessman who has been in a long term “relationship” of sorts with former prostitute Filumena Marturano (Sophia Loren) since she was 17 years-old. After 20 years together, Filumena learns that Domenico has been seeing and is planning … Continue reading Marriage Italian-Style (Matrimonio all’italiana)

Umberto D.

Umberto D. Italy (1952) Dir. Vittorio De Sica Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti) is an elderly retired government worker marching for a better deal for pensioners. When he returns to his tiny apartment he finds that his landlady wannabe socialite Antonia (Lina Gennari) has begun renting his room out for couples to use in his … Continue reading Umberto D.

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) Italy (1948) Dir. Vittorio De Sica Following a two year run without a job Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) finally gets some work putting up bill posters, but is told a bicycle is essential for the job. However Antonio has already pawned the bike for food so his wife Maria (Lianella … Continue reading Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)