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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 streets of Milan.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Cesare Zavattini (novel), Cesare Zavattini (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emma Gramatica ... La vecchia Lolotta
Francesco Golisano Francesco Golisano ... Totò
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Rappi
Guglielmo Barnabò Guglielmo Barnabò ... Mobbi
Brunella Bovo Brunella Bovo ... Edvige
Anna Carena Anna Carena ... Marta, la signora altezzosa
Alba Arnova Alba Arnova ... La statua che prende vita
Flora Cambi Flora Cambi ... L'innamorata infelice
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Il sergente delle guardie
Arturo Bragaglia Arturo Bragaglia ... Alfredo
Erminio Spalla Erminio Spalla ... Gaetano
Riccardo Bertazzolo Riccardo Bertazzolo ... L'atleta
Checco Rissone Checco Rissone ... Il comandante in secondo (as Francesco Rissone)
Angelo Prioli Angelo Prioli ... Il comandante in primo
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

17 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miracle in Milan See more »

Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the early 1950s, Italy experienced an economic boom with many profiting from the improved circumstances. Ironically, however, there was also a disproportionate rise in the number still experiencing acute poverty. This film is Vittorio De Sica's attempt to address this disparity. See more »

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picture of a state of soul
9 April 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

lovely. it is first word about this film. fantastic, tender, gentle, dream, it is a sentimental gem. and this is important for a gray , cold world. parable, social manifesto in sweet colors, fairy tale, it is a piece of clay for its viewer. because it is difficult to define it. so, essential is the warm emotion. the performance of Emma Gramatica. and extraordinary Toto in which the young Francesco Golisano gives all pure nuances of life joy. after many years from first meeting, it is not exactly one of my favorites but ideal drug for gloomy days. a different de Sica, it is shining and naive. or, only, isle for the short escape after stressful moments. a kind of Life is wonderful but with little substantial dose of miracle flavor.maybe, a form of Charlot universe slice. like return in childhood womb.


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