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|Contributor||Francesco Golisano, Brunella Bovo, Flora Cambi, Virgilio Riento, Guglielmo Barnabo, Arturo Bragaglia, Anna Carena, Paolo Stoppa, Vittorio De Sica, Emma Gramatica, Alba Arnova See more|
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Vittorio De Sica’s enchantingly playful neorealist fairy tale celebrating the nobility of everyday people—now on home video
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Renowned filmmaker Vittorio De Sica followed up his international triumph Bicycle Thieves with this enchantingly playful neorealist fairy tale, in which he combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy.
On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers.
Tipping their hats to the imaginative whimsy of Charles Chaplin and René Clair, De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, adapting his own novel, craft a bighearted ode to the nobility of everyday people.
Special Edition Features
- New 4K digital restoration
- New interview with scholar David Forgacs
- Feature-length documentary about Zavattini
- Archival interviews featuring De Sica and the cast; and more
Renowned filmmaker Vittorio De Sica followed up his international triumph Bicycle Thieves with this enchantingly playful neorealist fairy tale, in which he combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers. Tipping their hats to the imaginative whimsy of Charles Chaplin and René Clair, De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, adapting his own novel, craft a bighearted ode to the nobility of everyday people.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- New interview with neorealism expert and film scholar David Forgacs
- Audio interview from the late 1960s in which director Vittorio De Sica looks back on his career, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann
- Interviews with actor Brunella Bovo and Manuel De Sica, the director’s son
- Feature-length documentary from 2019 on screenwriter Cesare Zavattini
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Christina Newland and, on the Blu-ray, “Totò il buono,” a 1940 short story by Zavattini and stage actor Totò that is the earliest version of the narrative on which Miracle in Milan is based
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 6.69 x 5.35 x 0.59 inches; 3.53 Ounces
- Director : Vittorio De Sica
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Release date : April 19, 2022
- Actors : Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabo, Brunella Bovo
- Studio : The Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B09QS91N85
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Hated the fact that I payed the higher price and still had to watch all the interrupting commercials.
Vittorio DeSica's beautifully acted film from the early 50's is exquisite. You don't even need to understand Italian (it has sub-titles) to watch and understand. That's how brilliant the acting, cinematography and direction is. From the very first scene...make sure you watch carefully, it sets the stage for the movie's progression. I don't want to spoil your discovery of the magic of Miracle Milan. It is a black and white film with a magical realism premise. Very uplifting but not saccharine in the least.
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It's the story of a young orphan who is forced to move to a shanty town in bomb-wrecked, post-WWII Milan.
The people who now live in those precarious tar-paper shacks are depicted as everyday people who have lost the lives they had made for themselves. Being an honest, good-natured kind of guy, the orphan soon finds himself surrounded by friends. The film is very clear on the point that the vast majority of conflicts can be settled with some commonsense and a bit of goodwill on both sides.
But there is a down side to this and the film is worldly-wise enough to point it out: the squatters represent a cross-section of society and class prejudice, selfishness and naked ambition are just as present as anywhere else. When an important oil company decides to purchase the ground beneath the shanty-town, there are those that try to get in good with the company and there are those that decide to stick together and hold out.
There are some funny, whimsical bits where magic is used against the company men and policemen who have come to evict the remaining squatters and finally, the poor fly off to a land which the film describes as a place where "Good Morning" really DOES mean "Good Morning". In other words, to a place where people are friendly and above all, sincere.
The film has a nice "Christmasey" feel and in fact, it's fairly standard Italian Christmas TV fare in much the same way as "It's A Wonderful Life" in the USA. It'd be OK to watch with kids and the grown-ups would get to watch something a little bit more interesting than the usual kiddie film.
"Miracle In Milan" demonstrates a firm belief in honest worth no matter what its external appearance may be and an unshakeable conviction in an ultimate reward for goodness, sentiments which it's hard to disagree with.
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De Sica followed up the ultimately tragic "Bicycle Thieves" with this much more light hearted fable "Miracle in Milan". But it is not without De Sica's usual social concerns ie the sharp division between rich and poor, and the cynical opportuinism that big business sometimes adopts (perhaps portrayed by figures who are delibrately exaggerated, but in a very witty way).
Without going too much into the plot, our hero Toto is a young man who manages to create a shantytown for the homeless of Milan whom he truly inspires. However, once oil is discovered on the land, business and the authorities coludes to move them out. That is when the magic of the Film, starts to happen leading to a literally "divine" finale in front of Milan Cathedral.
"Miracle in Milan" although in the Neorealist tradition (particularly in the first half) is more of a charming fantasy with a considerable comedic touch.
As for the DVD itsef, the picture quality is perfectly adequte. There are some extras, but it would have been nice to have had some more. These do include charming footage of the Films premiere, with introductions from De Sica himself and leading actor Francesco Golisano.
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