Shoeshine (1946)
"Sciuscià" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  26 August 1947 (USA)
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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.



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At a track near Rome, shoeshine boys are watching horses run. Two of the boys, the orphan Pasquale and his younger friend Giuseppe, are riding. The pair have been saving to buy a horse of their own to ride. The boys meet Attilio, Giuse's much older brother, and his shady friend at a boat on the Tiber. In return for a commission, the boys agree to deliver black market goods to a fortune-teller. Once the woman has paid, Attilio's gang suddenly arrives, pretending to be cops, to shake the woman down. With a payoff from Attilio, the boys are able to make the final payment and stable their horse in Trastevere over the river. The fortune-teller identifies Pasqua and Giuse. Held at an overcrowded boys' prison, they are separated. Giuse falls under the influence of an older lad in his cell, Arcangeli. During interrogation, Pasqua is tricked into betraying Giuse's brother to the police. With their trial still in the future, the two friends are driven further apart. Written by David Carless

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Un milagro como no conoció el cine en los 50 años de su historia! [Spanish poster.]




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26 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The title is a Napulitan corruption of the English word "shoe-shiner." See more »


Mr. Anucci: Boy! I've told you enough times not to leave the horse unattended.
Giuseppe Filippucci: But that's not a horse, it's a small table.
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Referenced in A Chance to Live (1949) See more »

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30 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since the review the movie has been re-released from a new Italian Print. That should cure the grainy problem mentioned by the reviewer. I just got it so I can't give a review rating. The Masters of Cinema Series is a well done project so I'm sure I'll be satisfied with their work. To quote from their web site "Shoeshine is widely regarded as one of the finest films to have emerged from the Italian neo-realist cinema." They have released many silent films and from what I've watched so far, the quality of their releases is amazing. They have extra bonus material on their DVDs as well and the project is well worth you looking at if you are interested in old films. This film comes with a 24 page booklet as does many of the other films.

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