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Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
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Drama | Romance
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Julia, a divorced American fashion designer, is dying of a tragic, incurable disease. With only ten days to live, she spends her time vacationing in an Italian villa and watching television... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
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Drama | Romance
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A women lives a miserable life in the basement of her Milan apartment, with her boring inlaws and three children (boys). Her husband has been injured. Her bleak life takes an unexpected ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Renato Salvatori, Daniel Quenaud
The Voyage (1974)
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Adriana De Mauro loves Cesar Braggi, but Cesar, honoring his father's dying wish, allows his brother, Antonio, to marry Adriana. As fate wills, Antonio dies in an automobile accident. ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
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Shoeshine (1946)
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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.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele
Drama | Romance
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Prior to leaving by train for Paris, a married American woman tries to break off her affair with a young Italian in Rome's Stazione Termini.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift, Gino Cervi
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An old woman's poignant reminiscence of her youth in a convent school, the happy moments and the sad, and her tragic love for a Garibaldian.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Leonardo Cortese, María Mercader, Carla Del Poggio
Comedy
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A comedy of errors in which the sweetly incompetent Dr. Pietro Vignali (de Sica) has been run deep into debt by his girlfriend, Loletta Prima (Magnani). After his creditors threaten to sell... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Adriana Benetti, Irasema Dilián
Comedy
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Directors: Giuseppe Amato, Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Renée Saint-Cyr, Umberto Melnati
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La signorina Elisa insegna scrittura commerciale in una scuola femminile, dove tutte le lettere, per convenzione, vengono inviate ad un inesistente signor Hartman di Vienna ad un indirizzo ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Vera Bergman, Carla Del Poggio
The Roof (1956)
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Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Gabriella Pallotta, Giorgio Listuzzi, Gastone Renzelli
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Marina Berti ...
La crocerossina
Elettra Druscovich ...
Filomena, la governante
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Il giovane cieco
Roldano Lupi ...
Giovanni Brandacci, il pianista
Carlo Ninchi ...
L'accompagnatore del cieco
Elli Parvo ...
La signora provocante
María Mercader ...
Maria (as Maria Mercader)
Cristiano Cristiani ...
Claudio Gorini, il bambino paralizzato
Giovanni Grasso ...
Il commerciante paralitico
Giuseppe Forcina ...
L'ingegniere
Enrico Ribulsi ...
Uno dei nepoti del commerciante
Amelia Bissi ...
La signora Enrichetta
Annibale Betrone ...
Il medico del treno bianco
Tilde Teldi ...
La contessa crocerossina
Pina Piovani ...
La zia del piccolo Claudio
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Italian censorship visa # 42 delivered on 19-4-1945. See more »

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A semi-lost masterpiece
10 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vittorio De Sica's "La porta del cielo" ("Gate of Heaven") was made during the last part of the Nazi occupation of Rome and was not released until after the liberation and then only minimally and pretty much shelved. De Sica took on the project as a delaying tactic so as not to be forced to join the Italian cinema industry in its forced move northward after the Badoglio government signed the armistice with the Allies and Italy was thrust into a fratricidal civil war. De Sica told the urging Nazis that he had taken on a film project for the Vatican and worked on the movie, slowly, hoping the war would end while he filmed.

The movie was financed by the Centro Cattolico Cinematografico and much of it was shot inside the extra-territorial basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, with the interior doubling as the shrine of Our Lady of Loreto. The story follows a group of pilgrims, each with personal health issues and other problems, hoping to find a cure or solution in the church at Loreto, Italy's version of the shrine of Lourdes in France. Much of it takes place on a special train ("treno bianco" or "white train") transporting these pilgrims to the shrine from the south of Italy and making stops in other cities along the way to pick up additional participants.

The narrative includes several flashbacks into the lives of the people on the train. Among the pilgrims is a young concert pianist, played by Roldano Lupi, who has lost the use of his left hand, and who hopes for a miracle, despite his not being a believer. There are two workers, Carlo Ninchi and Massimo Girotti, one of whom is blinded in a factory accident that turns out to be caused by his friend. The blind man wants to regain his sight; the other seeks forgiveness for his act of malice. There is a handicapped boy in a wheelchair accompanied by his sister, played by Maria Mercader. Mercader was De Sica's wife/mistress and it was she who had arranged for the project to take place. There is an old woman, a governess in the service of a wealthy family, who wants to seek peace for the warring family members. There are many wonderful sequences, and the screenplay, written in part by De Sica's great collaborator Cesare Zavattini, adds a good deal of humanity to the movie and a realism not characteristic of much Italian cinema of the time. In a way this was a precursor of neorealism as much as Visconti's "Ossessione", and De Sica's own "I bambini ci guardano."

For De Sica himself this was one of his favorite movies and he always regretted that circumstances had caused it never to reach a public in the period after it was made. For the longest time De Sica's son Christian owned what was the only know copy of the movie, a 16mm print that she showed to people from time to time, including the writer Nino Lo Bello, who published on article on it in 1981 after a private viewing. In 1991 The film was shown, based on newly discovered archival-quality 35mm materials, as part of a De Sica retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That was where I first saw it. DVD copies of the movie can, as of now, only be found in private collections and derive from a RAI-TRE television showing.


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