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Stazione Termini     Vittorio De Sica     1953

” … it is fascinating to see how identical material can be pushed and pulled, wholly through the post production process, in two radically different directions.”  (Dave Kehr, writing in the flyer included with Criterion’s two-version disc comprising… 693 more words


All the Feels: Movies To Make You Cry

By: Daniel Reynolds

As 2015 has wound down, I’ve begun to reflect on my favourite movie experiences of the year. These recollections have me circling back, however, to the same notion: With one month to go, the year’s films have mostly been unable to push me into the most extreme of emotional spaces. 1,066 more words


How Paul Mazursky watched Umberto D. for a second time. 

Irwin Lawrence “Paul” Mazursky (April 25, 1930 – June 30, 2014) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern social issues, he was nominated for five Academy Awards: three times for Best Original Screenplay, once for Best Adapted Screenplay, and once for Best Picture for An Unmarried Woman (1978). 671 more words

Criterion Collection

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Vittorio de Sica (1970)

The Garden in question is certainly Edenic; from the opening credits we are treated to the dappled, soft, pastel haze of sunlight through the trees. There is a high garden wall which keeps out the ugliness of the rest of the world (but which encourages the young lovers to climb); a dilapidated but serviceable tennis court; ancient trees, and lush pathways through which healthy young people on bicycles and placid elderly placid relatives can meander at their pleasure. 452 more words

Film Review

8. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

by Judy Geater

It seems like such a small story. Yet, through the theft of a bike, this powerful Italian neo-realist film, directed by Vittorio De Sica, shows up the struggle which was the reality of daily life for so many children and parents. 840 more words

Genre Countdown: Childhood Films

Two Women by Vittorio de Sica (1960)

The threat of sexual violence pervades throughout Vittorio de Sica’s astute and complete La Ciociara, for which Sophia Loren won an Oscar. Throughout the film, de Sica captures the jittery, overhead threat of war; whether in Rome or in the countryside, Italians are avoiding bombs, listening to sirens, killed by bombs or otherwise sheltering in the ruins of bombed-out places. 394 more words

Women In Film


I first heard of Vittorio De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief” while I was attending a film appreciation course in Guwahati. I was a kid back then and couldn’t appreciate the simplistic beauty and sheer greatness of this motion picture which over the years has become an epitome of Italian Neorealism and has inspired film makers across the globe. 1,024 more words