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Miracle in Milan (1951)

Miracolo a Milano (original title)
An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Emma Gramatica ...
Francesco Golisano ...
Paolo Stoppa ...
Guglielmo Barnabò ...
Brunella Bovo ...
Edvige
Anna Carena ...
Marta, la signora altezzosa
Alba Arnova ...
La statua che prende vita
Flora Cambi ...
L'innamorata infelice
Virgilio Riento ...
Il sergente delle guardie
Arturo Bragaglia ...
Alfredo
Erminio Spalla ...
Gaetano
Riccardo Bertazzolo ...
L'atleta
Checco Rissone ...
Il comandante in secondo (as Francesco Rissone)
Angelo Prioli ...
Il comandante in primo
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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. When Totò goes out in the world, he expects everyone to be open-hearted as himself, but it isn't so. Without belongings and a place to live, he soon turns up among other homeless people, living scattered in boxes and cement pipes on a vast, barren field outside Milano. With his energy and enthusiasm Totò quickly engages the outcasts in transforming the place into a small shanty town. The eccentric misfits are turned into a warm-hearted community. But among them is an egoist, a traitor. When squirts of oil suddenly springs up from the ground, he sneaks away and informs the wealthy Mr. Mobbi about it, who buys the land and tries to get rid of the outcasts. At this crucial moment, the spirit of Totò's dead mother appears, and gives him a magic dove. With its magic power he fulfills all wishes of the ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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An impudent, riotous laugh on the lives and morals of our day!

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17 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Cesare Zavattini's original choice for the film's title was "The Poor are a Disturbance". See more »

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Weird and wonderful step away from Neorealism by Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavattini
8 June 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the last film you would expect to come from Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavattini (who wrote the novel on which this film is based). It's a neorealist fantasy, kind of an oxymoron, really. An old woman finds a baby in her cabbage patch and raises him as her own son. After a few years, the baby is a young boy (named Toto) and the adoptive mother is dying. He goes to an orphanage and, when he finally turns 18, he leaves. Immediately, he finds that he has no home. Toto is optimistic, though, and won't let anything get him down. A man steals his valise, and instead of getting angry over it, Toto becomes his friend and goes and stays with him in a small shantytown. Toto takes some initiative and organizes the many homeless living in the area and they build a better shantytown. Soon, the landowner is trying to sell this plot of land, and the citizens of the shantytown have to protect themselves. After many attempts, the owner mounts a force of police to get rid of the homeless. At this point, the film becomes full-fledged fantasy (before this it was more comedic/fantastic melodrama in the style of Charlie Chaplin). This stuff is so weird and shocking that it's probably best for others to see it for themselves. It's quite amazing, and very funny. There are objections you could raise about the plot of Miracle in Milan, most certainly. Fellini and Visconti were greatly criticized when they started to stray from Neorealism. I think I read this was widely criticized at the time of its release. At this point, though, it's so enjoyable - I loved it very much. It might be my favorite of Vittorio de Sica's films, although Umberto D and The Bicycle Thieves come very, very close. 10/10.


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