Festival Ciné Junior : Édition 2012
By Vittorio De Sica

Age 8+
Fiction / Italy / 1951 / 1h36 / black and white / VOSTF
Screenplay : Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica, in collaboration with Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Mario Chiari, Adolfo Franci
According to novel Cesare Zavattini Totò il buon
Cinematographer : Aldo Graziati
Editing : Eraldo da Roma
Soundtrack : Alessandra Cicognini
Cast : Francesco Golisano, Brunella Bovo, Emma Grammatica, Paolo Stoppa

Toto, a naive and happy young boy, was born in a cabbage. He moves into a shanty town in Milan where he meets men who are poor but united. He offers them his services and transforms their environment, trying to get them to appreciate its wonderful bric-a-brac. That is until greedy property developers decide to chase them away from their fragile paradise…
It is a fable and my only wish is to create a 20th century fairytale” Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica
The son of a magistrate, Vittorio De Sica (1902 - 1974) spent his early childhood in Naples and his teenage years in Rome. At the same time he studied accounting and took lessons in theatre, and in 1922 succeeded in joining a theatre company. In 1926 he started acting in films and became one of the leading actors of 1930s Italian cinema. He moved on to directing at the start of the 1940s. From 1946 to 1952 he directed four major films which became masterpieces of world cinema : Sciuscia, The Bicycle Thief, Miracle in Milan and Umberto D. He painted a social portrait of post-War Italy with a touch of sentimentalism and drawing upon popular imagery. Vittorio De Sica is an emblematic figure of neorealism and is considered to be one of the great names in Italian cinema.

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