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Miracle in Milan (1951)

Miracolo a Milano (original title)
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!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

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A Magical Feel-Good Film
6 July 2010 | by VonCouchSee all my reviews

I just recently watched De Sica's Miracle in Milan and I must say it's a tragedy this film isn't more widely accessible. The film follows the curiously magical exploits of a grown up orphan who has just left his orphanage for the first time. His unstoppable optimism finally brings him to a shantytown outside of Milan. He helps to build the town into a thriving community, which soon comes under the fire of the property's owner. Through a miracle from the heavens, our optimistic orphan sets to help his fellow vagrants with their lives and their homes.

I'm not normally one for dopey family films, so I was very happy to enjoy this. It's not dopey, it's not sappy and it's not overly sentimental. The story is told with a gentle touch that De Sica is such a master with. The film is sweet, good-hearted and touching without ever relying on the corny or the melodramatic.

All in all, this film leaves you with a heart-warming feeling that only a poet like De Sica could give you. A sure recommendation.


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