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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.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Sergio Amidei (story), Adolfo Franci (story) | 6 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franco Interlenghi ... Pasquale Maggi
Rinaldo Smordoni Rinaldo Smordoni ... Giuseppe Filippucci
Annielo Mele Annielo Mele ... Raffaele (as Aniello Mele)
Bruno Ortenzi Bruno Ortenzi ... Arcangeli
Emilio Cigoli Emilio Cigoli ... Staffera
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

26 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shoeshine See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Lowell MA (serving the Boston Area) Saturday 25 September 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Chicago Sunday 26 September 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Saturday 22 October 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in San Francisco Friday 6 January 1950 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

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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Some USA video editions are edited to suppress the full nudity in the shower scene and to minimize the subsequent fist fight between two boys. See more »

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Referenced in Bye Bye Braverman (1968) See more »

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Brilliantly plotted but rough execution.
21 September 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

After Umberto D. and The Bicycle Thieves, I was loving Vittorio De Sica. His neo-realism films are heartbreaking and ring true to the human spirit. He almost has a free pass to make my top directors list, I just got to fill his next 3 spots. In retrospect, Shoeshine has brilliant plotting and characterisation. It takes emotionally motivated turns and has well constructed cruel ironies. Unfortunately, it struggles with its execution. It's not as tightly edited or shot as his two later films, often making scenes confusing and key plot points are missed. The score and performances, of which I recognise are from amateurs, can be too melodramatic. Its atmosphere ends up feeling inauthentic. Umberto and Bicycle were great for their subdued portrayals of inner pain, I wish Shoeshine was the same. I would love to rank this film among those two as its screenplay is really great but both the crew in front and behind camera let it down. Still has a punch though and gets more engaging as it goes along. Great decision to have most of the film take place in that great set of a juvenile prison.

7/10


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