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The 13th of November is the thirty-ninth anniversary of Vittorio De Sica’s death.
Vittorio De Sica was one of the most prolific, talented and award-winning directors of the postwar Italian cinema, credited as a progenitor of the neorealist movement, his firsts movies are considerate the quintessence of neorealism.
With his most trusted collaborator, the writer and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, at his side in some De Sica’s major films like “The Children Are Watching” (1943), “Shoeshine” (1946), “Miracle in Milan” (1950), “Umberto D” (1952) and “Bicycle Thieves”, he transform the small budgets and the limited availability o equipment into opportunities for exploration and improvisation, using available lighting, non-professional actors, he created a cross-section on Italy after the war, and the sense of general moral decay and vacuity cast by the dark shadow of the Fascist regime
De Sica directed 34 feature films, for which he won numerous international prizes. He was honored with four Academy Awards: two Special Awards (preceding the creation of the Best Foreign Film category) for “Shoeshine” (1947), and “The Bicycle Thief” (1949), and Best Foreign Film Awards for “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (1964), and The Garden of the Finzi-Contini (1971).
As an actor who starred in some 150 movies, Vittorio De Sica built a remarkable film career that spanned 55 years.
To pay tribute we want to share an hilarious interpretation of the day of the “Last Judgement” (1961) saw by the brilliant madness of the director.
Have a look to our Vittorio De Sica’s board on Pintrest