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November 9, 2013
This movie has some magical moments, and a tender and naive sense... sometimes too much naive, but OK, it´s nice to watch.
January 27, 2013
My favorite film and impossible to find on dvd
January 11, 2013
A gem from Italy that bridges realism with fantasy. An orphaned boy grows up in a shantytown. A great story between those who have and those who have not. Beautifully photographed and the town is well constructed too.
November 16, 2012
De Sica passa dalla entomologica impostazione neorealista a una nuova visione più surrealista, sognante ma sempre dalla parte dei poveri e dei disgraziati alla ricerca di un messaggio positivo. Alcune scene sono da antologia e davvero insolite per il cinema italiano a partire dal magico finale che non ha caso ha ispirato lo Spielberg di ET. Quasi un musical con le masse ben coreografate, tuttavia un'opera che appare non perfettamente riuscita poiché spesso forzata nella rappresentazione con un utilizzo davvero primordiale degli effetti speciali. "Verso un regno in cui buongiorno vuol dire veramente buongiorno".
August 13, 2012
Beautiful, entertaining, life-affirming.Guaranteed to put you in a good mood. I bet this is one of Kusturica's favourite films.
January 7, 2012
Supposed to be a post-war neorealist classic... hopefully a film I'll see soon
Super Reviewer
½ November 28, 2011
You would be well within your rights to hate "Miracle in Milan." The film turns goofier and goofier as it proceeds and, by the last half-hour, it's such a delirious fantasy that it may draw unintended laughs. But we're suckers for this sort of feel-good tale, and if the movie were American rather than Italian, it might have "It's a Wonderful Life" status today.

The story tips its hand from the start, opening with an old woman (Emma Gramatica) finding a baby in a cabbage patch. No kidding. Clearly, this will not be another of director Vittorio De Sica's grim, neo-realist dramas. (Like most of the cast, Gramatica overacts so much that her character borders on lunacy.)

Several years pass. The woman dies, and her harvested son Toto (Francesco Golisano) is sent to an orphanage. After another jump in time, he emerges from the facility as a young adult. He strolls into the outside world with an idealistic grin, naively tipping his hat to everyone he passes.

Poverty is rampant, and a grizzled pauper soon steals Toto's bag. But hardships have a mysterious way of turning around for this plucky Christ figure: Toto goes after the thief, befriends him and ends up being welcomed to the local shantytown.

Erected on a dry vacant lot, this makeshift neighborhood hosts a good-natured population that values life's small pleasures. One memorable scene finds an excited group huddled on a spot where a sunbeam has broken through the clouds. And when a life-size statue is found in the trash, it's re-erected as a landmark. Elsewhere, the people scramble for pocket change in various trivial ways such as selling junk, telling fortunes (the man repeats the same platitudes to everyone) and charging a pittance for seats to watch the sunset.

Once Toto settles here, he quickly becomes a community leader with his kindness, creativity and cheerful spirit. He also builds a sweet romance with a mousy girl named Edvige.

Meanwhile, the landowner been generously tolerant of all these squatters, but his attitude changes when oil begins spurting from multiple holes on the property. The residents are immediately pressured to leave. But then arrives the titular "miracle" -- one of the most perfect examples of a "deus ex machina" in film history. Explaining more would be a spoiler, but be advised that Toto's lucky twists of fate turn outright magical. The final scene is wholly predictable, just because this fairy tale couldn't end any other way.

"Miracle in Milan" has plenty of absurdist laughs -- hexed policemen singing opera, a tethered baby who serves as a doorbell, a policeman who dangles outside a window to report wind conditions, an outdated gag about a mixed-race couple -- but adds a sharp jab here and there. One satirical scene shows a merchant hiring beggars to say "Fano chocolate is the best" as they panhandle. Ouch. Or did such things really happen?
August 11, 2011
Vittorio De Sica's Miracle in Milan is categorized as a neo-realistic fable, a fantasy movie. And I have to say it's a joyful fairytale for both adults and children. It's the story about Totò who's left in an old woman's garden, abandon as a child. When the old lady dies, he then left in an orphanage. When his grown up and leaves the orphanage, he's on his own, and doesn't seem to know much about how stranger people treat each other. He later that evening hook up with a hobo who let him sleep in his, so called home. He kind of like most of the other hobos friendly and decides to live there in the hobo jungle, and find himself in harmony. But one day oil is flooding up from the ground, and the rich man who own the land where the hobo jungle is. And he want's all of them out, but the hobo's them selfs a'int gonna give up so easy, and specially Totò. And what makes this a fantasy film is that he's deceased care takers ghost comes to him and gives him a white dove that will grant him every thing he wish for, and I must say, De Sica has a great imagination. Thumbs up.
½ June 3, 2011
From one of the masters of the Italian Neorealism, comes an artistic fantasy about a very dark issue that really puts you in awe..

THIS is what art is all about!
May 13, 2011
De Sica passa dalla entomologica impostazione neorealista a una nuova visione più surrealista, sognante ma sempre dalla parte dei poveri e dei disgraziati alla ricerca di un messaggio positivo. Alcune scene sono da antologia e davvero insolite per il cinema italiano a partire dal magico finale che non ha caso ha ispirato lo Spielberg di ET. Quasi un musical con le masse ben coreografate, tuttavia un'opera che appare non perfettamente riuscita poiché spesso forzata nella rappresentazione con un utilizzo davvero primordiale degli effetti speciali. "Verso un regno in cui buongiorno vuol dire veramente buongiorno".
½ December 14, 2010
A lovely De Sica fantasy full of wit and sly humour, but ultimately sincere in its sentimentally positive view of human potential. Some truly memorable scenes like the homeless men rushing from one shaft of sunlight to another to bask in the warmth, the vain woman selling seats to watch the sundown, and the final escape to heaven on stolen broomsticks. Wonderful stuff.
October 29, 2010
A charming and delightful story where the characters use their imagination to transcend their glum environment. Kurosawa's Dodes 'ka den must have been inspired. De Sica drops the heaviness of his previous efforts and instead gives us a child-like fantasy with moments of hard-hitting reality. That said, I personally much prefer his earlier films.
Super Reviewer
April 26, 2010
A charming (and often bizarre) Italian comedy.
March 12, 2010
Steven Spielberg, I think you might have watched this movie too many times! :)
January 3, 2010
Interesting mix of fantasy and comedy with some thought-provoking social comments. Special effects and humor are very dated, but it's also charming in a way
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
½ September 20, 2009
Vittorio de Sica's most charming fairytale family story and his first attempt to step away a little fom the Neorealism. A direct and surreal criticism towards democratic societies... hehehe...

88/100
½ July 15, 2009
Well, I didn't expect this from a Vittorio De Sica film. Very entertaining Palme D'Or winner about a boy who is raised by an old lady who found him in her cabbage patch. After she dies, he's sent to an orphanage and is later released into society and lives with the homeless. He helps them build a village of their own, but of course, a rich gorup of people want to take their town away. Later in the film it turns into a big fantasy segment, but it's very amusing. It's over the top at times, but it's a fun film, it's hard not to like it.
July 3, 2009
One of the funniest pieces of surrealism I could ever imagine!
June 23, 2009
De Sica successfully combines fantasy with neorealism in this classic story of one man's extreme optimism and unbridled kindness. Truly a wonderful piece of Italian cinema by a director that should be on everyone's top 10 list as one of the best ever.
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