Audio commentary with author Bert Cardullo.
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Shoeshine has the distinction of being the very first film to win an Academy Award for best foreign film in 1946, when no Academy Awards for foreign films existed! There was not an Academy Awards classification for foreign films until 1956 !! Shoeshine was also well received at the Cannes film festival. The cinematographer, Gianpiero Brunetta remarked that this was quite a statement, since the French still harbored a lot of hostility towards the Italians after the war. Regardless of this animosity, many French film makers embraced the concept of neorealism immediately.
What is a neorealist film? As an amateur, I will do my best to describe what it is, using Shoeshine as an example. A neorealist film uses a natural background as opposed to a studio one. Amateur actors are used and the topic usually involves simple stories in a simple, somewhat impoverished setting. To enhance the simple stories, the use of camera positions and the subject's relationship to the camera are also important factors. For example, Nannarella, a frail little girlfriend of Giuseppe, is filmed walking away from the camera to the other side of the street. In a way, she could represent the rebirth of Italy after having just freed herself from fascism. In another scene, this same girl is seen looking forlorned as her two friends, Giuseppe and Pasquale are being driven away to the youth detention center.Read more ›
In other words, this is "neorealism" with a fairly conventional face. A sentimental film about boys in a destructive environment. The police, teh wardens, the judges, and the lawyers are all despicable, sadistic martinets.Read more ›
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Shoeshine is one of the primary post-war Italian neo-realist films by Vittorio de Sica.The story of the two shoeshine boys, Giusseppe(Smordoni) and Pascale(Interlenghi) , who earn... Read morePublished 3 months ago by technoguy
This movie is brilliant!! The ending will break your heart. THE BICYCLE THIEF may be better known, but this Vittorio De Sica classic, imo, is the better film!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joe Comer
Portrays the trouble young boys can get into in poor societies.Published 11 months ago by Kenneth C. Beaudrie
Director Vittorio De Sica could produce either comedy or poignant drama equally well. Shoeshine is a poignant example of the heavy drama which De Sica could turn-out, and may not... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michael Ryan
a very well made film about how things kinda were at the time period and how quickly a good friend could turn on you.Published 22 months ago by charley starr 49
There are several World War II - and post World War II movies. In this DVD, the film by Vittorio De Sica, portrays the tragedy of Post - World War II Italy. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Gary W. Phelps