After his earth shattering Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica and long time screenwriter Cesare Zavattini turned their neo-realist ideas to something much more like a fable yet retaining the core ideas behind the revolutionary cinema movement.
Miracle in Milan went on to wow critics and audiences, winning the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1951.
Always in the shadow of the ever more popular Bicycle Thieves, this largely unsung masterpiece tends toward magic realism to imagine a place where society s most downtrodden can find purchase and possible escape from misery. Set within a fantastically theatrical shantytown, Miracle in Milan constructs an alternate world from De Sica and Zavattini s fascination with marginalised perspectives. The unusual use of deliberate artifice and spectacle rekindles the Meliesian magical aura of early cinema.
Arrow Academy is pleased to present a new HD transfer of the film along with De Sica s Il Tetto in this deluxe edition.
Awards and Accreditations: Palme d Or Cannes, Best Film and Best Actor BAFTA Nominee
- High Definition Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film
- Full length feature: Il Tetto [The Roof], Vittorio De Sica s 1956 film also written by Zavattini, made available for the first time in the UK on DVD
- Newly translated and more complete optional English subtitles on both features
- Interview with Manuel De Sica
- Interview with star Brunella Bovo
- Rome Premiere Newsreel Footage
- Original Trailer
- Comprehensive booklet including writing on Miracle in Milan and Il Tetto, a re-print of John Maddison s 1951 article The Case of De Sica, illustrated with original stills and artwork.
Best label 2011
"It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."