Vittorio De Sica

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Vittorio De Sica
BirthplaceSora, Lazio, Italy
Director, actor

De Sica, Vittorio

(vēt-tôr`yō də sē`kə), 1901–74, Italian film director and actor. His Shoeshine (1946), The Bicycle Thief (1948), and Umberto D. (1952) are classics of postwar Italian neorealism. Among his later works are Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1964), and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971), both of which won Academy Awards. He starred in RosselliniRossellini, Roberto
, 1906–77, Italian film director and producer. He first received international attention in 1946 with Open City, which was made clandestinely during the Fascist period and became the key film of the neorealist movement.
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's General Della Rovere (1959) and many other films.

De Sica, Vittorio


Born July 7, 1901, in Sora; died Nov. 13, 1974, in Paris. Italian film actor and director.

De Sica began appearing in films in the 1930’s and began directing in 1940. The film The Children Are Watching Us (1943) marked the beginning of De Sica’s collaboration with the scenario writer C. Zavattini. Developing the artistic principles of neorealism, a school of which he was one of the founders, De Sica made the films Shoe shine (1946), The Bicycle Thief (1948), Umberto D. (1951), Miracle in Milan (1951), and The Roof (1956). His work was extremely social and humanistic, imbued with protest against the injustices and cruelty of bourgeois society and against fascism and war. De Sica’s acting and directing was marked by high skill and fine artistic taste. His works were distinguished by a variety of genres, a combination of psychological depth and sharp satire, and elegant, subtle humor. The role of Bertone in the film General Delia Rovere (1959) was one of his best acting roles. He directed the films La Ciociara (1960, after the novel of A. Moravia), The Last Judgment (1961), The Condemned ofAltona (1962, after the play of J. P. Sartre), Yesterday, Today , and Tomorrow (1963), Boom (1963), Marriage, Italian -Style (1964, after the play of De Filippo, Filumena Marturano), The Sunflowers (1970, a joint Italian-French production with the collaboration of the Mosfil’m Film Studio), and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971, after the novel of G. Bassani).


Bogemskii, G. Vittorio de Sika. Moscow, 1963.
Bazin, A. Vittorio De Sica, Parma, 1953.
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5) This tendency was very marked in the masterpieces directed by Vittorio De Sica in the second half of the Forties, in which, for most of the starring parts, some non-professional actors were selected.
Tuesday, March 24 7:15 PM Marriage Italian Style Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1964, 102 mins) This World War II era story of an on-off relationship between a cynical, successful businessman named Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) and Filumena (Sophia Loren), a naive country girl turned working prostitute, chronicles the maturation of a relationship that grows terribly, and comically, wrong.
The raw power of this unassuming snapshot would make Vittorio De Sica proud.
Working with Luhrmann continues De Laurentiis' lifelong dedication to working with visionary directors, from his early work with Federico Fellini (on films awarded two Oscars(r)) and Vittorio De Sica through contemporary mavericks such as David Lynch.
A book in English on Vittorio De Sica is, above all, a cause for celebration.
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Director John Turturro, for example, is said to have paid homage to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Good Morning Babylon (1989) in the film Mac, while Stanley Tucci's use of long shots in Big Night reveals a debt to the neo-realist techniques of Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica.
He has frequently collaborated with Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti and other Italian neo-realists.
Though hardly at the level of Vittorio De Sica or Francois Truffaut, Gianni Amelio's study of a man getting to know his 15-year-old developmentally disabled son for the first time puts a high premium on emotional realism and keeps the manipulative business to a minimum.
Giuseppe Faustini discusses cinematic adaptations of Alberto Moravia's short story "La ciociara" (1954) and homonymous novel in 1957 by filmmakers Vittorio De Sica in 1960 and Dino Risi in 1988.
The rare confluence of those events, along with young filmmakers' appreciation of foreign trailblazers such as Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Louis Malle, Jean Renoir, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica and Jean-Luc Godard, made the market ripe for sweeping change, LaGravenese said.
Celli asserts, "Almost overnight Benigni entered the pantheon of Italian cinema legends that includes actors Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, and Marcello Mastroianni, and directors Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Roberto Rossellini" (xi).