Italy, 1951, 101 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Vittorio De Sica, Not Rated, Janus Films
"A terrific encapsulation of a young person's realization that there is a world beyond the one lived in – reality on the one hand, and the possibility of anything on the other." – Beeban Kidron for The Guardian
"From the opening 'Once Upon A Time...' (despite obviously being post war Italy) to the celestial visitors and salvo of magic, the whole film is a delight." – Martin Unsworth, Stardust Magazine
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Once upon a time in postwar Italy . . . Vittorio De Sica’s follow-up to his international triumph Bicycle Thieves is an enchanting neorealist fairy tale in which he combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers. Tipping their hats to the imaginative whimsy of Charles Chaplin and René Clair, De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (adapting his own novel) craft a big-hearted ode to the nobility of everyday people. The film won the Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival and was named Best Foreign-Language Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.
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