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Shoeshine (Sciuscià) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 12, 2011
The film's title is somewhat misleading, suggesting a tale of shoeshine boys scraping out a living in the streets. Actually, that's just the exposition -- at its core, this is a tragedy about two boys who bond via a horse, and then are divided by a reformatory. The score is too unsubtle at times, but the black and white cinematography is exquisite. The untrained young actors are quite affecting, and if you have a soft spot for crying children (and who doesn't?), grab some Kleenex beforehand.
½ August 2, 2011
Vittorio De Sica hits a home-run with his stunning drama about a broken nation, a nation trying to solve a problem with no solution, and two young boys who get caught in the middle of it. De Sica is one of the best directors ever when it comes to capturing the humanity and sentimentality of anguish and tragedy and this is one of his great films.
July 20, 2011
Like the kids, I much preferred the brief adventures of the streets over the long slow stretches in prison.
June 28, 2011
It's a slow burn which eventually reaches a breaking point that pits the two old friends against one another, building to a wonderfully tragic climax.
June 28, 2011
Can't believe I'd never seen this before, but there it is. Not quite as good as Bicycle Thieves or Umberto D, but great nonetheless.
½ June 4, 2011
Yet another neorealist masterpiece by my new idol, de Sica!

Friendship between young boys that twists and turns, on the backdrop of poverty stricken post war Italy..
September 23, 2010
This film received an Honorary Academy Award in 1947, about ten years before there was an official category for best foreign language film. They don't make 'em like this anymore. A must see.
½ June 28, 2010
Heart-wrenching, as is usual with De Sicca's works.
½ December 27, 2009
another small-scale masterpiece from the director of 'the bicycle thief,' though this story takes us beyond the execution of crime into the world of a boy's prison. like 'the bicycle thief,' this film is primarily about how desperation wears away at one's moral code - the two young protagonists of the story are worked on by the authorities to betray their honor to each other, and their family members. the success of the prison's tactics, and the deterioration of the friendship is heartbreaking to watch.
½ October 29, 2009
Troisième film de Vittorio De Sica pour moi, troisième coup de poing au visage. Encore une fois, fort de l'esthétique néo-réaliste de laquelle il est passé maître, De Sica tourne son film dans les rues ravagées de Rome, avec des acteurs non-professionnels pour être sûr d'atteindre le plus grand niveau de "vérité sensible" possible. Jamais vous n'allez remarquer de maladresse de la part de sa distribution. J'ignore comment il a fait pour tirer de ces garçons un jeu d'une si grande force, mais chose certaine, c'est réussi.

Un préjugé contre les films néo-réalistes véhicule l'idée qu'ils sont déprimants et d'un ennui profond. Or, rien n'est plus faux. Je n'ai pas vu passer les 90 minutes. De Sica réussit à faire de la réalité de tous les jours le cadre de péripéties prenantes mais toujours crédibles, justement parce qu'il est si terre à terre. Il saisit si bien tout le drame des situations qu'il dépeint qu'on finit toujours par avoir une boule dans la gorge. "Shoeshine" s'inscrit dans la même lignées que "Bicycle Thieves" et "Umberto D.": des films humains et complètement immortels.
October 17, 2009
Not as brilliant as The Bicycle Thieves or The Children Are Watching Us, rather much more melodramatic but still manages too portray a social imbalance very effectively. Watch if you love De Sica.
½ September 8, 2009
A portray of poverty in Italy in the vein of Italian Neo-Realism. Vittorio De Sica whom was one of the master of the movement captured the life of young, homeless boys who shoeshining American soldier's shoes and sent to jail because of petty crime.

It's that good that it was honored with an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film cathegory for the first time ever.
March 17, 2009
Kind of like 400 Blows in the post-war Italy, it is charming and tragic but a bit uneven.
October 26, 2008
Regarded as one of the greatest films in the Italian neo-realist movement and with good reason: It's a great film. It's an absolutely heartbreaking sad tale of two boys during post-war Italy whose friendship and lives are changed forever and definitely not for the better. I would rank this alongside "Bicycle Thieves" as among De Sica's masterpieces.
August 18, 2008
good story from the master
Super Reviewer
½ July 21, 2008
Nearly as great as The Bicycle Thief, Highly recommended
½ July 18, 2008
Directed by the famous Vittorio De Sica, and with Cesare Zavattini doing his trademark poetic screenplay, Shoeshine definitely deserves its place as one of the first foreign films to with the Oscar of the same name.
April 17, 2008
Step away from the formula movies at Blockbuster, Run (don't walk) to Scarecrow on Roosevelt and get this Film. Beautiful, beautiful.
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