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Miracle in Milan (1951)

Miracolo a Milano (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 17 December 1951 (USA)
An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the street.



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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
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 ...
Erminio Spalla ...
Riccardo Bertazzolo ...
Checco Rissone ...
Il comandante in secondo (as Francesco Rissone)
Angelo Prioli ...
Il comandante in primo


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 when the wealthy Mr. Mobbi buys the land he will try to get rid of the outcasts. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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17 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Miracle in Milan  »

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| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vittorio de Sica's own son, Manuel, personally supervised the restoration of his father's film for DVD release. See more »


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Fun and spend film some time thinking about the value of sincerity and kindness.
2 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Miracolo a Milano" succeeds in creating an instant rapport with "Totó",( Francesco Golisano) the orphan protagonist almost from the beginning. His innocence, his ingenuity, his kindness, his vision of a cold, cynical and hard through a clean mind that has not been sullied after visiting an orphanage, is the weapon that does deal with the greed of an old society.

Perhaps the highlight of the film is the real photography of European cities mired in a deep crisis after the WWII. Cities and survivors of the horror characters, lack, whose only link is the fable in the form of characters with magic powers to put things in place and above all to give the powerful what they deserve.

"Miracolo a Milano" is a funny comedy, and simple (though not as much as other productions of De Sica), who no longer belongs to the pure neo-realism, but still has a common theme of that movement. It tells the story of a poor neighborhood, construction, and subsequent daily life, and how to find oil in the area, a large employer will struggle to get that land and take off its curious inhabitants. Do not miss out, its nice and beautiful criticism of racism, drawing funny scene of a roast chicken, and huge lyrical breathe each of the scenes. In addition, you get excited and laugh, that's enough. It is the level of " ladri di biciclette " (a masterpiece of neo-realism), but no doubt continues to show that De Sica is a forgotten genius by many, so incomprehensible. Although it contains elements of fantasy, forms, along with " ladri di biciclette " and "Umberto D.", the great De Sica's neo-realist trilogy.

It's highly recommended, especially for those who like to post-war Italian cinema. It's to enjoy love as the great Vittorio De Sica.

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