November 2023 / SHOESHINE

SHOESHINE opens with an exhilarating shot of a deliriously happy boy riding a horse. From here the director, the great Vittorio De Sica, crafts a devastating but deeply humanistic story about postwar Italy. Made in the days immediately following the collapse of fascism in Italy, De Sica was motivated to make the film after witnessing all of the undernourished Italian boys following the American troops, clutching their shoeshine boxes and crying “Shoosha” in their desperate quest to make a little money. The film follows two boys, both non-actors, as they make their way through an unforgiving system. In keeping with De Sica’s postwar commitment to neo-realism, their tale is profoundly moving without a trace of sentimentality. He reveals a keen and sympathetic understanding of the children’s plight. The naturalistic performances achieved by the entire cast shine with vitality, allowing bursts of humor and joy to penetrate the otherwise overwhelming tragedy.

The 4K restoration of SHOESHINE was completed at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory using the best surviving original elements.

Restored in 4K by The Film Foundation and Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with Orium S.A. Restoration funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

 

Gian Luca Farinelli Interview


Martin Scorsese on Neorealism




 


SHOESHINE (1946)

Video Extras

Actor and Director Peter Baldwin Discusses Neorealism and his Father-in-Law Vittorio Di Sica (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Enzo Staiola on Vittorio De Sica and working on BICYCLE THIEVES via The Criterion Collection

(16 Nov 1974) FUNERAL OF DIRECTOR VITTORIO DE SICA IN ROME via AP

What is Neorealism Video Essay via Sight and Sound

Italian Neorealism and Gesture: De Sica's Umberto D and Bresson's Mouchette | Video Essay

 

SHOESHINE (1946)

READING LIST (BOOKS)

Vittorio de Sica: Actor, Director, Auteur, Bert Cardullo, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009

Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City, Mark Shiel, Wallflower Press, 2006

Neorealismo: The New Image in Italy 1932-1960, Enrica Vigano, Prestel Publishing, 2018

Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism, Millicent Marcus, Princeton University Press, 1987

The Non-Professional Actor: Italian Neorealist Cinema and Beyond, Catherine O'Rawe, Bloomsbury Academic, 2023

Italian Neorealist Cinema: An Aesthetic Approach, Christopher Wagstaff, University of Toronto Press, 2007

Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema, Laura E. Ruberto (Editor) & Kristi M. Wilson (Editor), Wayne State University Press, 2007

SHOESHINE (1946)

READING LIST (ONLINE)

“'Shoe-Shine,' Italian Film Study of Homeless Children, Bill at Avenue Play house -- Smordoni and Interlenghi Take Leads” - New York Times original review from 1947

Pauline Kael on SHOESHINE (1946)

“Vittorio De Sica, Shoeshine, 1946” via A Sharper Focus

Notes on SHOESHINE from TCM

SHOESHINE (1946)

THE FILM FOUNDATION ON LETTERBOXD

Starring Vittorio De Sica

Scored by Alessandro Cicognini

Films Discussed in Martin Scorsese’s MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (1999)

SHOESHINE (1946)

Presented in The Film Foundation Restoration Screening Room in November 2023 in partnership with the Cineteca di Bologna.