Miracle In Milan

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Fantasy

The writing-directing team of Cesare Zavattini and Vittorio De Sica produced this picture shortly after they received international acclaim for THE BICYCLE THIEF. Though not as popular as that masterwork, MIRACLE IN MILAN is an equally touching look into human nature that concentrates on the plight of the poor in post-WWII Italy. The story is essentially...read more

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The writing-directing team of Cesare Zavattini and Vittorio De Sica produced this picture shortly after they received international acclaim for THE BICYCLE THIEF. Though not as popular as that masterwork, MIRACLE IN MILAN is an equally touching look into human nature that concentrates on

the plight of the poor in post-WWII Italy. The story is essentially a fairy tale, packed with a strong moral implications. The Good Toto (Francesco Golisano), a young orphan, finds refuge in a colony of beggars and helps to organize them, generating happiness among the otherwise distressed members

of the group. When a wealthy landowner decides to kick the beggars off his land, Toto is given a magic dove by a fairy. Not only are the landowner's attempts thwarted, but the magical powers of the dove also allow Toto to grant wishes to the beggars. Unable to deny them anything, he grants their

greedy requests, until eventually the dove is stolen. As in other neo-realist films, the performers in MIRACLE IN MILAN are a combination of professional actors and actual denizens of the street, and all the players give realistic and humane portrayals. De Sica handles his fantastic material

subtly and with simplicity, yielding an original mix of sharp satire and poetic fable that extended the limits of the neo-realist style.

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