Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica

Highest Rated: 100% The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini) (1971)

Lowest Rated: 0% It Started in Naples (1960)

Birthday: Jul 7, 1901

Birthplace: Sora, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy

The seminal figure of the neorealism movement, Vittorio De Sica was born in Sora, Italy, on July 7, 1901. Raised in Naples, he began working as an office clerk at a young age in order to help support his impoverished family. He became fascinated by acting while still a youth, and made his screen debut in 1918's The Clemenceau Affair at the age of just 16. In 1923, De Sica joined Tatiana Pavlova's famed stage company, and by the end of the decade his dashing good looks had made him one of the Italian theater's most prominent matinee idols. With 1932's La Vecchia Signora, he made his sound-era film debut and went on to become an even bigger star in the cinema, appearing primarily in light romantic comedies throughout the decade. In 1939, De Sica graduated to the director's chair with Rose Scarlatte. Over the next two years he helmed three more features (1940's Maddalena, Zero in Condotta along with 1941's Teresa Venerdì and Un Garibaldino al Convento, respectively), but his work lacked distinction until he, along with fellow Italian filmmakers Roberto Rossellini and Luchino Visconti, began exploring the possibilities of making more humanistic movies documenting the harsh realities facing their countrymen as a result of World War II. With 1942's I Bambini ci Guardano, De Sica revolutionized the Italian film industry, crafting a poignant, heartfelt portrait of a downtrodden culture free of the conventions of Hollywood production. Working with screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, who remained a central figure in the majority of his greatest work, De Sica employed non-professional actors and filmed not in studios but on the streets of Rome, all to flesh out the working-class drama of Zavattini's script. The war prevented De Sica from directing another film for four years, but finally in 1946 he resurfaced with the brilliant Sciuscià. His greatest film, Ladri di Biciclette, followed in 1948; a virtual textbook of neorealism in action, it featured all of the aesthetic's key tenets -- gritty production, almost improvisational acting, and a lean emotional compression -- and it even added authentic documentary footage into the narrative to establish a greater sense of truth. (Like Sciuscià, Ladri di Biciclette won a special Academy Award; not until several years later was the Oscar category for Best Foreign Language Film officially established.) Three years later, De Sica returned with Miracolo a Milano. Its follow-up, 1952's Umberto D., clearly ranked among his finest work, but when it proved to be a box-office disaster, he returned to the lighter material of his formative years with It Happened in the Park.The 1956 Il Tetto marked something of a return to neorealist form, but when it too failed commercially, De Sica's career as a filmmaker was critically damaged. Unable to secure financing for subsequent projects, he turned his full focus to acting, starring in a string of pictures including 1957's A Farewell to Arms (for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor) and 1959's It Happened in Rome. Over the course of his long career, he appeared in over 150 features. Finally, in 1960, De Sica returned to directing with La Ciociara, leading his star Sophia Loren to an Academy Award. The 1963 Ieri, Oggi, Domani also won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but in many regards De Sica's reign as one of the world's great directors was over. Features like 1966's Caccia alla Volpe, 1967's Sette Volte Donna, and 1970's Girasoli were lightweight at best, and although 1971's Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini won yet another Academy Award, it bore little relation to his neorealist classics. De Sica died in Paris on November 13, 1974, following complications from surgery.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Il signor Max (Mister Max) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Pane, amore e..... (Scandal in Sorrento) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Gli uomini, che mascalzoni... (What Scoundrels Men Are!) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Il segno di Venere (The Sign of Venus) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Vacanze d'inverno Actor 2013
No Score Yet Maddalena... zero in condotta Director 2013
No Score Yet Il medico e lo stregone (Doctor and the Healer) Actor 2013
No Score Yet I nostri sogni (Our Dreams) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Pezzo, capopezzo e capitano (Always Victorious) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Casino De Paris Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Little Martyr (I bambini ci guardano) Director 2011
No Score Yet Padri e figli (A Tailor's Maid) Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Inveterate Bachelor Luigi 2009
No Score Yet The Small Miracle Actor 1997
No Score Yet Nitrato d'Argento (Nitrate Base) Actor 1996
No Score Yet Bellissimo - A History of the Italian Cinema Actor 1987
69% Blood for Dracula Il Marchese Di Fiore 1974
No Score Yet We All Loved Each Other So Much Himself (uncredited) 1974
No Score Yet The Voyage Director 1974
No Score Yet Il delitto Matteotti (The Assassination of Matteotti) Judge Mauro del Giudice 1973
No Score Yet Una Breve Vacanza (A Brief Vacation) Director 1973
No Score Yet The Small Miracle Father Damico 1973
No Score Yet Snow Job Dolphi 1972
No Score Yet L'Odeur Des Fauves Milord 1972
100% The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini) Director 1971
No Score Yet The Adventures of Pinocchio Actor 1971
No Score Yet Sunflower (I girasoli) Director Actor 1970
No Score Yet 12 + 1 (The 13 Chairs) (Twelve Plus One) Di Seta 1969
60% If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Shoemaker 1969
17% A Place for Lovers Screenwriter Director 1968
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All Cesare Celli 1968
43% The Shoes of the Fisherman Cardinal Rinaldi 1968
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven Director 1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches) Director 1967
No Score Yet Un monde nouveau Director 1966
75% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe) Director 1966
No Score Yet Little Cannon Actor 1966
No Score Yet Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders Count 1965
80% Marriage Italian Style Director 1964
88% Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani) Director 1963
100% The Boom (Il boom) Director $56.9K 1963
No Score Yet Mio figlio Nerone (Nero's Mistress) Seneca 1962
No Score Yet The Condemned of Altona Director 1962
50% Boccaccio '70 Director 1962
67% Eva (uncredited) 1962
No Score Yet Le meraviglie di Aladino (The Wonders of Aladdin) Genie 1961
88% Two Women (La Ciociara) Screenwriter Director 1961
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Director 1961
20% The Millionairess Joe 1960
0% It Started in Naples Mario Vitale 1960
40% The Battle of Austerlitz Pope 1960
No Score Yet Il Vigile (The Traffic Policeman) Actor 1960
No Score Yet The Angel Wore Red Gen. Clave 1960
100% General della Rovere (Il generale Della Rovere) Victorio Emanuele Bardone/Grimaldi 1959
0% A Farewell To Arms Maj. Alessandro Rinaldi 1957
No Score Yet The Montecarlo Story (Montecarlo) Count Dino della Fiaba 1957
No Score Yet La donna che venne dal mare Actor 1957
No Score Yet Vacanze a Ischia (Holiday Island) Actor 1957
No Score Yet Il Tetto (The Roof) Director Producer 1956
No Score Yet It Happened in the Park Director 1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow Bit: Shoemaker 1955
No Score Yet Too Bad She's Bad Vittorio Stroppiani 1955
97% Umberto D Screenwriter Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet The Gold of Naples (L'oro di Napoli) (Every Day's a Holiday) The Count Screenwriter Director 1955
No Score Yet The Miller's Beautiful Wife (La bella mugnaia) The Governor 1955
No Score Yet Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, Amore e Fantasia) The Marshal 1954
97% The Earrings of Madame De... (Madame de...) Baron Fabrizio Donati 1954
38% Indiscretion of an American Wife (Stazione Termini) Producer Director 1953
No Score Yet Times Gone By (Altri Tempi) Lawyer (Trial of Frine) 1952
100% Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) Producer 1951
No Score Yet Domani è troppo tardi, (Tomorrow Is Too Late) Professor Landi 1950
98% Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (The Bicycle Thief) Producer Screenwriter Director 1949
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera Actor 1948
100% Shoeshine (Sciuscià) Screenwriter Director 1947
No Score Yet Peddlin' in Society Count Gherani 1947
No Score Yet I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us) Director Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Teresa Venerdì (Doctor, Beware) Screenwriter Director Dr. Pietro Vignali 1941
No Score Yet A Garibaldian in the Convent (Un garibaldino al convento) Screenwriter Nino Bixio Director 1941
No Score Yet I'll Give A Million (Daro un milione) Gold 1937
No Score Yet Das Lied der Sonne Actor 1933
No Score Yet Two Happy Hearts (Due Cuori Felici) Actor 1932
No Score Yet La Porta Del Cielo Director 1930
No Score Yet Tempi nostri (The Anatomy of Love) Actor
No Score Yet Ballerina e Buon Dio (Angel in a Taxi) Actor


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