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.
Vittorio De Sica
The first documentary on the German occupation of Rome and Italian resistance in the waning years of World War II. Shot over two years covering the trial of Fascist police chief Pietro ... See full summary »
Poor Sicilian fishers are exploited by fish wholesalers. One of the families is trying to escape them by being their own boss. But fate nobody helps them, and even fate is against them.Written by
All places mentioned in the film are real, as would be expected. Aci Trezza is a village on the western coast of Sicily, just north of the larger city of Catania (capital of Catania province). It is part of the Cyclops coast area. The rocks seen in the harbour were reputedly thrown by the Cyclops, Polyphemus, at Ulysses as he fled. Cannizzaro is an inland village midway between Aci Trezza and Catania. Capo Mulini is north of Aci Trezza. Siracusa is the capital of the Siracusa Province and is south of Aci Trezza. Bari, Taranto and La Spezia are coastal cities on mainland Italy, and Antonio would be familiar with them from his service as a sailor; in particular, La Spezia which is a major naval port. See more »
In Sicily, Italian is not the language of the poor.
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This moving slice of life has several acts and moves like an opera, but the scenes are "neo-realistic" in the best sense.
All of Visconti's actors are from the Sicilian fishing village, but they were not acting--just portraying their lives. You care about these real people!
Family is everything--and it survives despite the buffeting by the storms, the stranglehold of the oligarchical wholesalers, and shortsightedness of the townspeople. We see the exploitation of the fishermen vividly and how most accept it as "God's will."
It also brings to mind the old joke: What is the difference between capitalism and communism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man, and communism is just the reverse.
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