- 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 Sept. 2006
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000HEVTQ8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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Post-war Italy is troubled and depressed, plagued by poverty and unemployment.Giusseppe’s and Pascale’s dream is to escape harsh reality through riding a horse.They are in the process of saving enough money to buy the horse. There are scenes of pure joy as the boys both ride the horse together in town or countryside, with music accompanying these emotions. Giusseppe is friends with a little girl. The boys become involved in petty crime through Giusseppe’s older brother. They get caught by the police, questioned and sentenced to juvenile prison. They become split up by society, placed in separate cells. One betrays the other through trying to protect him.
The scenes filmed in prison are especially good, with crowds of prisoners. There are scenes where the juveniles are shown a film, and another where they are shown having mass showers. The cell scenes show the prisoners as they distribute the food in their parcels. The system corrupts their youthful innocence and their love for each other is destroyed. The food is awful and the sickly soon die.The corrective state has brutalised the love and trust at the heart of humanity. As in King Lear there is no happy ending, pathos turns to tragedy. A poignant scene is as the boys are taken away in a prison van and Giusseppe’s girlfriend is left standing, watching, through the bars.
This raw emotional black and white film takes a back to basics approach to both society and film-making, erasing the polish, the studied scripts, the production design and the over-elaborate acting styles of the past, leaving a stone of reconstruction. De Sica was a master mason of the recovery of dignity, vitality overcoming adversity.Rough around the edges, but instinctive with life and truth. Brilliant performances from the two young actors.