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Shoeshine (Sciuscia) - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1946]

Rinaldo Smordoni , Franco Interlenghi , Vittorio De Sica    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi, Emilio Cigoli
  • Directors: Vittorio De Sica
  • Writers: Adolfo Franci, Cesare Giulio Viola, Cesare Zavattini, Sergio Amidei
  • Producers: Paolo William Tamburella
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVTQ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Oscar winning foreign drama inspired by the real stories of those struggling to overcome the oppressive forces of a corrupt and ineffective political system in postwar Rome. Giuseppe (Rinaldo Smordoni) and Pasquale (Franco Interlenghi) work on the street, where they shine the shoes of American troops. They dream of a better life, seeking solace in a horse that they ride to escape their harsh reality. When the boys are implicated in a petty crime, they are punished by the society that has robbed them of their innocence, resulting in tragic consequences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Casa Desolata 25 Nov 2012
By Mario
A lot of European art house movies are set in prisons or schools which are like prisons, especially either side of the war. Here prison is a prison within a prison of a society in occupied Italy. This is the harshest of all those films and unremittingly bleak, made ironically more so by the street humour and good-naturedness of innocence doing its best to scrape a living and enjoy itself despite everything. The sense that there might just be a future for father and son after the end of Bicycle Thieves is absent here as the appalling tragedy works itself out and adults are, in the main, guilty of forgetting their responsibilities and humanity. A desolate masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MILESTONE MOVIE FOR ITALIAN NEO-REALISM 24 Jun 2011
First major critical and commercial success for director Vittorio de Sica and screenwriter & theorist Cesare Zavattini, shortly together to produce masterpieces BICYCLE THIEVES & UMBERTO D. In SHOESHINE the authenticity of script and the standout youthful performances are offset against extensive use of studio sets rather than filming in actual locations. An important landmark in Italian cinema nevertheless, with its portrayal of the post-war underclass, and a peerless package (as usual) from Masters of Cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoeshine 26 Aug 2011
By Olonzac
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I don't know why but this is one Di Sica film that escaped me. It has however been worth the long wait and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is interested in Italian neo-realism
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An everyday, but truly tragic story of two children being shaped by the harshness of life in a desperate post-war Italy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 Aug 2014
Great little film
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