This modern fairy tale tells of Totò who, found in a cabbage patch, is adopted by a wise and kind old woman named Lolotta. When she dies, he ends up in a shantytown on the outskirts of Milan. But the ghost of Lolotta visits him, and offers a special gift…
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restored 35mm. I was never close to Fellini's initial phase, inscribed in a more conventional realism, and only now that i know this movie i realized why. Fellinian "avant la lettre" but perfectly integrated in neorealism through an intermediary way, the fanciful comedy, the innovation of its scenography and staging is such that results in a film apart either in De Sica's work either in Italian cinema of that period.
In between his two devastating masterpieces of Neo-Realism, Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D., Vittorio De Sica created a masterpiece of fantasy and joy, Miracle in Milan. I had never experienced this side of De Sica until I watched this film and it's just as marvelous. It melts me the same way Frank Capra does. 10 out of 10. I felt real good after watching this one.
On the surface a farce, deep down a preciously effective socialist agitation film. I wish modern class theory labouring films managed the feat of displaying and turning around class prejudice to create the irresistible urge to rebel against an unfair system.
I saw this film when I was a child and the image of the dancing statue has stayed with me ever since. I even started to think that i must have dreamt it - as no one seemed to have heard of such a film when i described. Really overjoyed, then, to see it again. Best surprise I've had in ages. Lovely (and that's the right word) film - in every way.
CINEMA, 35mm _ A miracle indeed. A mix of neorealismus with Capra´s heart and Tati´s sens of humour. The first hour is pure pleasure, you won´t believe your eyes if your expect another "Umberto D". And it goes straight into cinema magic, where everything is possible. And everything does happen ! I´ve rarely seen a film where everybody leaves the cinema smiling like for this one. Francesco Golisano is unforgettable.
Brillante. Uscendo dal suo solito stampo neorealista De Sica propone una storia vivace, che si lascia prendere la mano dalla fantasia del proprio protagonista. Gli eventi si susseguono efficaci, divertenti e bilanciati, ripresi dal Maestro con un'abilità eccezionale, che realizza quelle scene belle e mai anonime, che un po' ti restano dentro. Vittorio si è seduto in regia ed ha insegnato cinema ancora una volta.
Ce conte philosophique mêle le réalisme au symbolisme, le comique simple à la satire sociale féroce, le tout traité sur un séduisant mode naïf. Ce film a fait date dans l'histoire du cinéma italien, lucide tableau social de l'après-guerre, nimbé de tendresse et de solidarité, entre poésie, réalisme et fantastique. www.cinefiches.com