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Miracle in Milan (1951)
"Miracolo a Milano" (original title)

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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. ... See full summary »

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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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A Magical Feel-Good Film
6 July 2010 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

I just recently watched De Sica's Miracle in Milan and I must say it's a tragedy this film isn't more widely accessible. The film follows the curiously magical exploits of a grown up orphan who has just left his orphanage for the first time. His unstoppable optimism finally brings him to a shantytown outside of Milan. He helps to build the town into a thriving community, which soon comes under the fire of the property's owner. Through a miracle from the heavens, our optimistic orphan sets to help his fellow vagrants with their lives and their homes.

I'm not normally one for dopey family films, so I was very happy to enjoy this. It's not dopey, it's not sappy and it's not overly sentimental. The story is told with a gentle touch that De Sica is such a master with. The film is sweet, good-hearted and touching without ever relying on the corny or the melodramatic.

All in all, this film leaves you with a heart-warming feeling that only a poet like De Sica could give you. A sure recommendation.


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