A story of teenager from Rome during World War II.


Renato Castellani
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Blando Oscar Blando ... Ciro
Liliana Mancini Liliana Mancini ... Iris
Francesco Golisano Francesco Golisano ... Geppa
Ennio Fabeni Ennio Fabeni ... Bruno
Alfredo Locatelli Alfredo Locatelli ... Nerone
Tanino Chiurazzi Tanino Chiurazzi ... Bellicapelli (as Gaetano Chiurazzi)
Anselmo Di Biagio Anselmo Di Biagio ... Dottorino
Ferruccio Tozzi Ferruccio Tozzi ... Ciro's Father
Maria Tozzi Maria Tozzi ... Ciro's Mother
Giuseppina Fava Giuseppina Fava ... Janitor
Raffaele Caporilli Raffaele Caporilli ... 'Mbriaschini
Ilario Malaschini Ilario Malaschini ... Pirate
Omero Paoloni Omero Paoloni ... Coccolone
Gisella Monaldi Gisella Monaldi ... Tosca
Alberto Sordi ... Fernando


The film starts with the narrator stating that "this is a true story." Ciro, a young man living in Rome during WWII, would rather go swimming than find a job to help support his family. His father is a night watchman, and works long hours, but cares for his family. He buys a new pair of shoes for Ciro, but Ciro carelessly loses them.

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First foreign film released through UNITED ARTISTS See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Referenced in Les sièges de l'Alcazar (1989) See more »

User Reviews

Neoralism by Castellani
14 January 2019 | by Noodles85See all my reviews

Good neoralist movie with non-professionals actors, all good. The tone of the film follows that of the protagonist's life in contrast with the historical events in the background, with a carefree first part as his adolescence despite the arrival of the war and a more tragic part as the consequences of his choices in a period instead of peace after the war. Absolutely beautiful Rome in those years. Beautiful photography and excellent direction by Castellani, one of the best directors of the time.

Scenes to remember:

  • The return of shoe money
  • The train journey
  • The escape from the bathroom under the bombing
  • The encounter between Iris and Tosca at the bar
  • The final

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German | Italian | English

Release Date:

23 November 1948 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Sun of Rome See more »

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Universalcine See more »
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1.37 : 1
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