Miracle in Milan (restored)

(Italy/1951—directed by Vittorio De Sica) 

Vittorio De Sica’s follow-up to his international triumph Bicycle Thieves is an enchanting neorealist fairy tale in which he combined his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds works together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers.

Tipping their hats to the imaginative whimsy of Charles Chaplin and René Clair, De Sica and his longtime screenwriting collaborator Cesare Zavattini (adapting his own novel) craft a big-hearted ode to the nobility of everyday people. A new 4K restoration from Italy’s incomparable Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Winner of the highest award—the Palme D’Or—at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles. (101 minutes)

“A wildly imaginative tale brought to life with astonishing special effects and slapstick stunts. De Sica’s celestial vision.”  -Richard Brody, The New Yorker

 

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