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Vittorio De Sica

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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 medico e lo stregone (Doctor and the Healer)
  • Actor
2013
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 boom
  • Director
2012
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
67% 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 Sunflower (I girasoli)
  • Director
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet 12 + 1 (The 13 Chairs) (Twelve Plus One)
  • Di Seta
1969
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • Shoemaker
1969
20% A Place for Lovers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All
  • Cesare Celli
1968
50% 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
71% 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
No Score Yet Marriage Italian Style
  • Director
1964
86% Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani)
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Mio figlio Nerone (Nero's Mistress)
  • Seneca
1962
No Score Yet The Condemned of Altona
  • Director
1962
75% Boccaccio '70
  • Director
1962
64% Eva
  • (uncredited)
1962
No Score Yet Le meraviglie di Aladino (The Wonders of Aladdin)
  • Genie
1961
100% Two Women (La Ciociara)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale)
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet The Millionairess
  • Joe
1960
0% It Started in Naples
  • Mario Vitale
1960
No Score Yet 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)
  • Producer
  • Director
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
96% Umberto D
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
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
42% Terminal Station Indiscretion
  • Producer
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Times Gone By (Altri Tempi)
  • Lawyer (Trial of Frine)
1952
100% Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Domani è troppo tardi, (Tomorrow Is Too Late)
  • Professor Landi
1950
98% Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera
  • Actor
1948
100% Shoeshine (Sciuscià)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1947
No Score Yet Peddlin' in Society
  • Count Gherani
1947
No Score Yet I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Teresa Venerdì (Doctor, Beware)
  • Director
  • Dr. Pietro Vignali
  • Screenwriter
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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