Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) Reviews

  • Jan 27, 2013

    My favorite film and impossible to find on dvd

    My favorite film and impossible to find on dvd

  • Jan 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.

    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.

  • Nov 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".

    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".

  • Aug 13, 2012

    Beautiful, entertaining, life-affirming.Guaranteed to put you in a good mood. I bet this is one of Kusturica's favourite films.

    Beautiful, entertaining, life-affirming.Guaranteed to put you in a good mood. I bet this is one of Kusturica's favourite films.

  • Oct 13, 2011

    This movie has some magical moments, and a tender and naive sense... sometimes too much naive, but OK, it´s nice to watch.

    This movie has some magical moments, and a tender and naive sense... sometimes too much naive, but OK, it´s nice to watch.

  • Aug 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.

    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.

  • Jun 03, 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!

    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!

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    Eric B Super Reviewer
    May 24, 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?

    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?

  • 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".

    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".

  • Dec 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.

    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.