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

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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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Magnificent Modern Miracle
6 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is like an allegory of the gospel. It has such direct honesty and innocence you can not possibly believe it was made after the world war when Italy was ravaged and devastated, and was filled with a huge homeless, impoverished population. It is a monument to the best qualities of the human spirit, as well as to the endless creative resources of that land of inspiration.

Toto is a character like Doestoevisky's "Idiot", a modern Christ finding his way in a big city. He is goodness and purity fortified by love, and his acts change the people he encounters, as much as the miracle working dove. The story is told in a natural manner and simple style, yet imbued with a magic that is almost a premonition of Fellini's surrealist fantasies. It is one of the most inspiring, uplifting movies ever made.


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