Vittorio De Sica


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Vittorio De Sica
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BirthplaceSora, Lazio, Italy
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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).

REFERENCES

Bogemskii, G. Vittorio de Sika. Moscow, 1963.
Bazin, A. Vittorio De Sica, Parma, 1953.
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Il viaggio di Vittorio De Sica, canto del cigno del regista ciociaro, per molti versi illustra in termini emblematici questa deminutio stilistica che il passaggio dalla scrittura su carta alle immagini in movimento talora produce, sia per ragioni interne al medium sia per scelte di regista e sceneggiatori.
El mas destacado papel protagonico de sus inicios lo interpreto en Pizzas a credito, un episodio comico de los seis que conforman El oro de Napoles de 1954, dirigido por Vittorio De Sica.
And so it was that Documento and Vittorio De Sica assigned Bassani and Bonicelli the task of retracing the path that the other scriptwriters had traveled in the past with scant success.
The 1959-60 TV series cast the four 'heroes' in a rather more sinister light and the stars were Jack Hawkins, Dan Dailey, Richard Conte and Vittorio De Sica.
This near-surrealistic study has evoked comparisons with the work of Italian neo-realist filmmakers like Vittorio De Sica.
Shot with a handheld 16mm camera, Shadows feels at times like a documentary, and indeed Cassavetes' early methods owe more to the work of documentarian Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North) and to the Italian Neorealists (Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti) than to the classic Hollywood studio system.
An interesting point is that Colasanti, who was working in the 1940s with the Italian film director Vittorio de Sica, used his own furniture to dress the sets of films which were shot in the 1940s when wartime austerities bedevilled the work of European designers.
Of his books, the best known is Il giardino dei Finzi - Contini (1962; translated as The Garden of the Finzi - Continis, 1965), which was made into a motion picture by Vittorio de Sica.
Antes de mudarse a Mexico --el 2 de julio de 1961--ya habia trabajado como critico cinematografico, escrito el corto La langosta azul (dirigido por Alvaro Cepeda Samudio), estudiado en el Centro Sperimentale di Cine, en Cinecitta de Roma, y ayudado a Alessandro Blasetti en la cinta Peccato che sia una canaglia (1955), titulada en espanol La ladrona, su padre y el taxista, con Sofia Loren, Marcelo Mastroiani y Vittorio de Sica, aunque ahi solo sostuvo una cuerda en una esquina para que no pasaran los curiosos.
Marcello Mastroianni, decede en 1996 a Paris a l'age de 72 ans, a tourne avec les plus grands realisateurs italiens (Dino Risi, Vittorio de Sica, Luigi Comencini, Ettore Scola, etc) mais aussi etrangers (Louis Malle, Theo Angelopoulos, Manoel de Oliveira, Robert Altman, etc).
Italia es el pais que mas veces ha ganado este premio, gracias a un prestigioso grupo de cineastas, entre los que figuran Vittorio de Sica, Federico Fellini, Giuseppe Tornatore y Roberto Benigni, este ultimo distinguido por La vida es bella en 1999.
Pelizzari identifies as the show's presiding spirit Luigi Ghirri, whose own work and 1984 curatorial effort, "Viaggo in Italia" (Voyage to Italy), translated the spare, sober postwar work of Carrieri, Paolo Monti, and filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Vittorio De Sica into a more playful, witty, Conceptualist language that later practitioners would mimic.