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Shoeshine (SciusciÓ) Reviews

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½ October 1, 2015
One of De Sica's most heartbreaking works, that works as both a tumultuous coming of age story, and well as an attack on Italian reformatories. Still intense to watch now.
½ January 31, 2014
A moving story about childhood, poverty and the rise of crime. A neorealist movie played very well and effectively.
Super Reviewer
November 8, 2013
This drama did not engage me as much as De Sica's Bicycle Thieves. The neorealist practice of using nonprofessional actors works well enough, but many of the characters are not as distinctly drawn. Pasquale and Giuseppe work shining shoes for the lingering G.I.s in order to buy a horse. They get mixed up with Giuseppe's older brother's gang and end up in a juvenile prison. In an interesting twist of the teen crime drama norm, the younger Giuseppe, who has family, is the more hard-nosed one, while the older Pasquale, who is an orphan, is more innocent to the ways of prison. Tragically, trying to do the right thing leads Pasquale to betray Giuseppe's trust. They both encounter complications adjusting to life in prison, but ultimately their friendship is torn apart. This Italian film does not have a happy ending.
August 13, 2013
Cinema demonstrates that creativity and imagination can triumph over adversity; even in a country wounded by war. Vittorio De Sica was one of the greatest directors with the ability to capture innocence and resilience in motions pictures that depict the complete absence of human solidarity or the indifference of the global society towards suffering.
Super Reviewer
½ August 12, 2013
Short and concise but unmemorable, 'Shoe-Shine' doesn't quite have the power of some of De Sica's other work yet it still manages to provide an unflinching look at life among children in post-World War II Italy all the way up to its final, haunting scene. Boy, is that one depressing ending.
January 21, 2013
½ December 20, 2012
great movie. watched it in my Italian film class!
½ December 5, 2012
Nearly as great as The Bicycle Thief, Highly recommended
July 6, 2012
God, that was heartbreaking.
July 5, 2012
A genuine classic, important both cinematically and historically.
June 30, 2012
De Sica's brand of Italian Neo-Realism hardly seems naturalistic these days with its well planned shots, scripted melodramatic action, and occasionally intrusive music. But viewed as an artistic creation rather than a glimpse at how Italy really was (which it may still capture through location shooting), Shoeshine still has the power to tug at the heartstrings. Here we see two young boys caught up in the poverty of the post-war period and thrown into a juvenile jail. It gets worse from there, as their loyalty is tested through a number of trials. Perhaps, in fact, it is all too much.
½ May 29, 2012
Two young children (Pacifico Astrologo and Franco Interlenghi) work as shoe shiners in order to buy a high calibre race horse. Unfortunately, they end up arrested after being accused for scamming a fortune teller, of which they end up being sellers for their counterparts, for which they do not know of their misconduct. They are sent to juvenile detention and their friendship becomes significantly strained when the patrolmen of the facility gets one of them to be a spy and successfully get the other to admit to the crime for which neither initially committed. One of Vittorio de Sica's earliest films, this one still retains its effect around 65 years later. Sad, realistic, and unfair, and also, the film is very underrated. Another very good movie by the director, with powerful performances by both Astrologo and Interlenghi.
May 6, 2012
Tragic, disturbing and devastating portrait of how boys become outcasts in World War two scarred Italy. Great example of Italian neo-realist cinematic style. Feels like part of a trilogy with the other masterpieces Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D. , also by De Sica. An essential masterpiece.
Super Reviewer
May 5, 2012
In "Shoe Shine," Pasquale(Franco Interlenghi) and Giuseppe(Rinaldo Smordoni) are two boys in postwar Italy who work a variety of odd jobs in order to save up to buy a horse. One of those jobs involves selling American blankets to a psychic(Maria Campi). While there, the boys become unintentionally part of a robbery that also ends up giving them enough cash for their horse. The bad news is that this also brings them to the attention of the police who put them in juvenile prison in hopes of getting the names of their adult confederates out of them.

"Shoe Shine" is a very moving, yet also occasionally playful, film that also contains a very serious message. If, Bill Hicks notwithstanding, you feel that children are the future(and I think that's why a psychic is involved in the story), then the film makes an excellent case for the authorities squandering Italy's future by treating its orphan children so poorly in jailing and punishing so many, instead of trying to care for them. This is at a time when children were forced to grow up too quickly, anyway, while not being educated in any meaningful way. At least, Pasquale and Giuseppe have an eye on their future by buying a horse as an investment, and not just to ride on.
April 27, 2012
Vittorio de Sica's simple masterpiece (in my opine), about two boys and a horse, and not much else--but what a world of joy and heartbreak and tragedy those three elements include!
January 29, 2012
Certainly not the feel good film of 1946. Heartbreaking.
December 26, 2011
An important work in the larger development of neo-realism, with De Sica presenting the deplorable insides of a boy's prison as a sign of the rough post-war times. Both poetic and tragic, with scenes of great power and beauty, the further maturation of a master film-maker.
½ August 21, 2011
A beautifully filmed tragedy. Two young boys live a life of poverty and neglect,, but their lives are changed forever when they are arrested after being drawn into the sale of stolen goods. The brutality, the lack of care, the injustices they face from those around them, from family to officialdom, are shown very effectively.
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