18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2006
This powerful film has withstood the test of time. It still has a remarkable emotional impact. This is due to fine acting performances by all the cast and outstanding direction, however Sofia Loren's performance, which won her a best actress academy award, remains her best work and stands above the rest.
A warning about this (Madacy) DVD however. The transfer is the worst I have ever seen on a DVD. It makes most VHS tapes look good. The images are fuzzy with low contrast; so bad that the subtitles are difficult to read at times. This fine film deserves to be presented in a watchable transfer. Unfortunately, as this film appears to now be in the public domain, it is only being released by knock-off companies, and not a major studio. If you are desperate to see this film, you can get a sense of it from this DVD, however I have given mine away and am waiting for a decent copy to become available.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2010
Provisional gossip holds that the production (versus the failure with Magnani, promoting as "diva International" Sophia Loren, the relationship with Ponti), the film concerns the work of emancipation by the stylistic features of Neorealism: De Sica arrives with great fluidity to a natural anthropocentrism which unfolds in its recrudescence beauty, passion and pain. There are currently highly capable of a lyrical bully (the outrage and anger) and some fall in tone, but overall the picture is vivid and compelling. Meritorious and unconditional (it seems ...) the incursion of Loren.
Intense, beautiful film. Masterful interpretation of Sofia Loren. White black accentuates the drama of history and context
The film that launched the international Loren (Oscar for Best Actress)
A Sophia Loren was originally intended the role of Rosetta, while Cesira was called Anna Magnani, who preferred to give up when he heard of having to play the part of the mother of Sophia
One of the ultra-great films of De Sica.
The traumas of war seen through the innocent eyes of a mother, protective of his daughter still little girl, but nevertheless defeated by events. Many claims of reflection, but these are not betrayed; apocalyptic atmosphere of the historic moment captured with fair accuracy, the story can be a small thing, but than enough to hit the mark
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2007
This is a fine film. Unfortunately, it has been disgracefully presented on this DVD - I have dozens of off-air recordings on VHS which are better than this.
Utterly impossible to recommend.
on 4 December 2013
The problem with this release, is that it was ripped from a non-digital source, like a tape or an analogue TV broadcast. Not that sharp, and the tonality isn't the best. And worst of all, it's basically a full-frame copy, not wide-screen like the theatrical presentation (16:9, I believe). You can see a much better version on Turner Classic Movies.