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Vittorio De Sica



Vittorio De Sica (7 July 1901 or 1902 – 13 November 1974) was a Italian director and actor, a leading figure in the neorealist movement.

Life and career



Born into poverty in Sora (province of Frosinone), near Rome, in either 1901 or 1902 (sources are divided), he began his career as a theatre actor in the early 1920s and joined Tatiana Pavlova's theatre company in 1923. In 1933 he founded his own company with his wife Giuditta Rissone and Sergio Tofano. The company performed mostly light comedies, but they also staged plays by Beaumarchais, and worked with famous directors like Luchino Visconti. His meeting with Cesare Zavattini was a very important event: together they created some of the most celebrated films of the neorealistic age, like ''Sciuscià'' (''Shoeshine'') and ''Ladri di biciclette'' (''Bicycle Thieves'', released as ''The Bicycle Thief'' in the U.S.A.), both of which de Sica directed.

Sophia Loren won an Oscar for her performance in ''La Ciociara'' (''Two Women'', 1961), a film based on the novel by Alberto Moravia. De Sica died near Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 13 November 1974.

Awards and nominations



Vittorio De Sica was given the Interfilm Grand Prix in 1971 by the Berlin Film Festival

* ''Miracolo a Milano''
** Cannes Film Festival '''Palme D'Or Winner'''
* ''Umberto D.''
** Cannes Film Festival Official Selection
* ''Stazione Termini''
** Cannes Film Festival Official Selection
* ''L'oro di Napoli''
** Cannes Film Festival Official Selection
* ''Il Tetto''
** Cannes Film Festival OCIC Award Winner
* ''Anna di Brooklyn''
** Berlin Film Festival Official Selection
* ''La Ciociara''
** Cannes Film Festival Official Selection
* ''Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini''
** Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Winner
** Berlin Film Festival Interfilm Award Winner - Otto Dibelius Film Award
*Nastro d'Argento al miglior regista 1946 for ''Sciuscià''
*Academy Award 1948 Best Foreign film for ''Sciuscià''
*Academy Award 1950 Best Foreign film for ''Ladri di biciclette''
*BAFTA (British Academy Award) 1950 Best film ''Ladri di biciclette''
*Academy Award 1965 Best Foreign film for ''Ieri, oggi, domani''
*Academy Award 1972 Best Foreign film for ''Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini''
*Golden Bear at the 1971 Festival di Berlino for ''Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini''

Filmography as director



Feature Films




* ''Rose scarlatte'' (1940) ''Co-director''
* ''Maddalena, zero in condotta'' (1940)
** ''Maddalena, Zero for Conduct''
* ''Teresa Venerdì'' (1941)
** ''Do You Like Women''
** ''Doctor Beware''
* ''Un Garibaldino al convento'' (1942)
** ''A Garibaldian in the Convent''
* ''I bambini ci guardano'' (1944)
** ''The Children Are Watching Us''
** ''The Little Martyr''
* ''La Porta del cielo'' (1945)
** ''The Gate of Heaven''
* ''Sciuscià'' (1946)
** ''Shoeshine''
* ''Cuore'' (1948) ''Co-director''
** ''Heart''
** ''Heart and Soul''
* ''Ladri di biciclette'' (1948)
** ''Bicycle Thieves''
** ''The Bicycle Thief''
* ''Miracolo a Milano'' (1951)
** ''Miracle in Milan''
* ''Umberto D.'' (1952)
* ''Villa Borghese'' (1953) ''Co-director''
** ''It Happened in the Park''
* ''Stazione Termini'' (1953)
** ''Terminal Station''
** ''Station Terminus''
** ''Indiscretion of an American Wife''
* ''L'oro di Napoli'' (1954)
** ''The Gold of Naples''
* ''Il Tetto'' (1956)
** ''The Roof''
* ''Anna di Brooklyn'' (1958) ''Co-director''
** ''Anna of Brooklyn''
** ''Fast and Sexy''

* ''La Ciociara'' (1961)
** ''Two Women''
* ''Il Giudizio universale'' (1961)
** ''The Last Judgement''
* ''I Sequestrati di Altona'' (1962)
** ''The Condemned of Altona''
* ''Il Boom'' (1963)
* ''Ieri, oggi e domani'' (1963)
** ''Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow''
* ''Matrimonio all'italiana'' (1964)
** ''Marriage Italian-Style''
* ''Un monde nouveau'' (1966)
** ''A New World''
* ''Caccia alla volpe'' (1966)
** ''After the Fox''
* ''Woman Times Seven'' (1967)
* ''Amanti'' (1968)
** ''A Place for Lovers''
* ''I Girasoli'' (1970)
** ''Sunflower''
* ''Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini'' (1970)
** ''The Garden of the Finzi-Continis''
* ''Lo chiameremo Andrea'' (1972)
** ''We'll Call Him Andrew''
* ''Una Breve vacanza'' (1973)
** ''A Brief Vacation''
* ''Il Viaggio'' (1974)
** ''The Voyage''


Short Films


* ''Boccaccio '70'' (1962) ''(segment "La riffa")''
* ''Le Streghe'' (1967) ''(segment "Sera come le altre, Una")''
** ''The Witches''
* ''Le Coppie'' (1970) ''(segment "Leone, Il")''
** ''The Couples''

Television


* ''Dal referendum alla costituzione: Il 2 giugno'' (1971) ''Documentary''
** ''From Referendum to the Constitution: June 2''
* ''I Cavalieri di Malta'' (1971) ''Documentary''
** ''The Knights of Malta''

Filmography as actor



*''Il processo Clemenceau'', directed by Edoardo Bencivenga (1917)
*''La bellezza del mondo'', directed by Mario Almirante (1927)
*''La compagnia dei matti'', directed by Mario Almirante (1928)
*''La vecchia signora'', by Amleto Palermi (1931)
*''Due cuori felici'', by Baldassarre Negroni (1932)
*''Gli uomini, che mascalzoni!'', by Mario Camerini (1932)
*''La segretaria per tutti'', by Amleto Palermi (1932)
*''Un cattivo soggetto'', by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (1933)
*''La canzone del sole'', by Max Neufeld (he stars too the German version titles ''Das lied der sonne'') (1933)
*''Il signore desidera?'', by Gennaro Righelli (1933)
*''Lisetta'', by Carl Boese (1934)
*''Tempo massimo'', by Mario Mattoli (1934)
*''Amo te sola'', by Mario Mattoli (1935)
*''Darò un milione'', by Mario Camerini (1935)
*''Lohengrin'', by Nunzio Malasomma (1935)
*''Non ti conosco più'', by Nunzio Malasomma (1936)
*''Ma non è una cosa seria'', by Mario Camerini (1936)
*''L'uomo che sorride'', by Mario Mattoli (1936)
*''Questi ragazzi'', by Mario Mattoli (1937)
*''Il signor Max'', by Mario Camerini (1937)
*''Napoli d'altri tempi'', by Amleto Palermi (1937)
*''La mazurka di papà'', by Oreste Biancoli (1938)
*''Partire'', by Amleto Palermi (1938)
*''Il Trionfo dell'amore'', by Mario Mattoli (1938)
*''Hanno rapito un uomo'', by Gennaro Righelli (1938)
*''L'orologio a cucù'', by Camillo Mastrocinque (1938)
*''Le due madri'', by Amleto Palermi (1938)
*''Castelli in aria'',by Augusto Genina (He stars too the German version ''Ins blaue leben'') (1939)
*''Ai vostri ordini, signora!'', by Mario Mattoli (1939)
*''Grandi magazzini'', by Mario Camerini (1939)
*''Finisce sempre così'', by Enrique T. Susini (1939)
*''Rose scarlatte'', by Giuseppe Amato and Vittorio De Sica (1939)
*''Manon Lescaut'', by Carmine Gallone (1940)
*''Pazza di gioia'', by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (1940)
*''Maddalena... zero in condotta'', by Vittorio De Sica (1940)
*''La peccatrice'', by Amleto Palermi (1940)
*''L'avventuriera del piano di sopra'', by Raffaello Matarazzo (script too, not credited) (1941)
*''Teresa Venerdì'', by Vittorio De Sica (1941)
*''Un garibaldino al convento'', by Vittorio De Sica (1942)
*''La guardia del corpo'', by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (script too) (1942)
*''Se io fossi onesto'', by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (script too) (1942)
*''I nostri sogni'', by Vittorio Cottafavi (script too) (1943)
*''Nessuno torna indietro'', by Alessandro Blasetti (1943)
*''L'ippocampo'', by Gian Paolo Rosmino (script too, and assistant to director, not credited) (1943)
*''Non sono superstizioso... ma!'', by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (script too) (1943)
*''Lo sbaglio di essere vivo'', by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (1945)
*''Il mondo vuole così'', by Giorgio Bianchi (1946)
*''Roma città libera'', by Marcello Pagliero (1946)
*''Abbasso la ricchezza!'', by Gennaro Righelli (story and script too) (1946)
*''Lo sconosciuto di San Marino'', by Michal Waszynski and Vittorio Cottafavi (1947)
*''Cuore'', by Duilio Coletti (procucer and script too) (1947)
*''Natale al campo 119'', regia di Pietro Francisci (script too and supervision director, not credited) (1947)
*''Sperduti nel buio'', by Camillo Mastrocinque (1947)
*''Domani è troppo tardi'', by Léonide Moguy (consulting director too, not credited) (1949)
*''Buongiorno, elefante!'', by Gianni Franciolini (producer too) (1951)
*''Cameriera bella presenza offresi...'', by Giorgio Pàstina (1951)
*''Il processo di Frine'', episode of ''Altri tempi'', by Alessandro Blasetti (1952)
*''L'orso'', episodio de ''Il matrimonio'', by Antonio Petrucci (1953)
*''Incidente a Villa Borghese'', episode of ''Villa Borghese'', by Gianni Franciolini (1953)
*''Il fine dicitore'', episode of ''Gran Varietà'', by Domenico Paolella (1953)
*''Pendolin'', episode of ''Cento anni d'amore'', by Lionello De Felice (1953)
*''The Earrings of Madame de...'', by Max Ophüls (1953)
*''Pane, amore e fantasia'', by Luigi Comencini (1953)
*''Peccato che sia una canaglia'', by Alessandro Blasetti (1954)
*''Pane, amore e gelosia'', by Luigi Comencini (1954)
*''Il divorzio'' (''Le divorce''), episode of ''Il letto'' (''Secrets d'alcove''), by Gianni Franciolini (1954)
*''L'allegro squadrone'', by Paolo Moffa (1954)
*''Vergine moderna'', by Marcello Pagliero (1954)
*''Scena all'aperto'' and ''Don Corradino'', episodes of ''Tempi nostri'', by Alessandro Blasetti (1954)
*''I giocatori'', episode of ''L'oro di Napoli'', by Vittorio De Sica (1954)
*''La bella mugnaia'', by Mario Camerini (1955)
*''Gli ultimi cinque minuti'', by Giuseppe Amato (1955)
*''Il segno di Venere'', by Dino Risi (1955)
*''Pane, amore e...'', by Dino Risi (1955)
*''Racconti romani'', by Gianni Franciolini (1955)
*''Il bigamo'', by Luciano Emmer (1955)
*''I giorni più belli'', by Mario Mattoli (1955)
*''Mio figlio Nerone'', by Steno (1956)
*''I colpevoli'', by Turi Vasile (1956)
*''Souvenir d'Italie'', by Antonio Pietrangeli (1956)
*''Noi siamo le colonne'', by Luigi Filippo D'Amico (1956)
*''Padri e figli'', by Mario Monicelli (1956)
*''Tempo di villeggiatura'', by Antonio Racioppi (1956)
*''Montecarlo'', by Samuel Taylor and Giulio Macchi (director's assistant too) (1956)
*''Casinò de Paris'', by André Hunebelle (1957)
*''Pane, amore e Andalusia'', by Javier Setó (director's assistant too) (1957)
*''Il conte Max'', by Giorgio Bianchi (1957)
*''La donna che venne dal mare'', by Francesco De Robertis (1957)
*''Il medico e lo stregone'', by Mario Monicelli (1957)
*''Vacanze a Ischia'', by Mario Camerini (1957)
*''Totò, Vittorio e la dottoressa'', by Camillo Mastrocinque (1957)
*''A Farewell to Arms'' (1957), directed by Charles Vidor (Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor))
*''Amore e chiacchiere'', by Alessandro Blasetti (1957)
*''Ballerina e buon Dio'', by Antonio Leonviola (1958)
*''Gli zitelloni'', by Giorgio Bianchi (1958)
*''Pezzo, capopezzo e capitano'', by Wolfgang Staudte (1958)
*''Anna di Brooklyn'', by Reginald Denham and Carlo Lastricati (director's assistant too) (1958)
*''Domenica è sempre domenica'', by Camillo Mastrocinque (1958)
*''Uomini e nobiluomini'', by Giorgio Bianchi (1958)
*''La ragazza di Piazza San Pietro'', by Piero Costa (1958)
*''Nel blu dipinto di blu'', by Piero Tellini (1958)
*''Policarpo, ufficiale di scrittura'', byMario Soldati (1958)
*''La prima notte'', by Alberto Cavalcanti (1958)
*''Ferdinando I, re di Napoli'', by Gianni Franciolini (1959)
*''Gastone'', by Mario Bonnard (1959)
*''Il generale della Rovere'', byRoberto Rossellini (1959)
*''Il mondo dei miracoli'', by Luigi Capuano (1959)
*''Il moralista'', by Giorgio Bianchi (1959)
*''Il nemico di mia moglie'', by Gianni Puccini (1959)
*''Vacanze d'inverno'', by Camillo Mastrocinque (1959)
*''Napoleone ad Austerlitz'', by Abel Gance (1960)
*''La sposa bella'', by Nunnally Johnson and Mario Russo (1960)
*''Le tre eccetera del colonnello'', by Claude Boissol (1960)
*''Le pillole di Ercole'', by Luciano Salce (1960)
*''Un amore a Roma'', by Dino Risi (1960)
*''Il vigile'', by Luigi Zampa (1960)
*''La baia di Napoli'', by Melville Shavelson (1960)
*''La miliardaria'', by Anthony Asquith (1960)
*''Gli attendenti'', by Giorgio Bianchi (1961)
*''L'onorata società'', by Riccardo Pazzaglia (1961)
*''Le meraviglie di Aladino'', by Mario Bava and Henry Levin (1961)
*''I celebri amori di Enrico IV'', byClaude Autant-Lara (1961)
*''La Fayette, una spada per due bandiere'', by Jean Dréville (1961)
*''I due marescialli'', bySergio Corbucci (1961)
*''Gli incensurati'', by Francesco Giaculli (1961)
*''Eva'', by Joseph Losey and Guidarino Guidi (1962)
*''Le avventure e gli amori di Moll Flanders'', by Terence Young (1965)
*''Io, io, io... e gli altri'', by Alessandro Blasetti (1966)
*''Gli altri, gli altri e noi'', by Maurizio Arena (1966)
*''Un italiano in America'', by Alberto Sordi (1967)
*''Colpo grosso alla napoletana'', by Ken Annakin (1968)
*''The Shoes of the Fisherman'', by James Kennaway & John Patrick, novel by Morris L. West (1968)
*''Caroline Chérie'', by Denys de la Patellière (1968)
*''L'uomo venuto dal Kremlino'', by Michael Anderson (1968)
*''If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium'', by Mel Stuart (1969)
*''Una su 13'', by Nicholas Gessner and Luciano Lucignani (1969)
*''Cose di Cosa Nostra'', by Steno (1970)
*''Trastevere'', by Fausto Tozzi (1971)
*''Io non vedo, tu non parli, lui non sente'', by Mario Camerini (1971)
*''L'odore delle belve'',by Richard Balducci (1972)
*''Siamo tutti in libertà provvisoria'', by Manlio Scarpelli (1972)
*''Grande slalom per una rapina'', by George Englund (1972)
*''Le avventure di Pinocchio'', by Luigi Comencini (both Film and TV versions) (1972)
*''Ettore lo fusto'', by Enzo G. Castellari (1972)
*''Piccoli miracoli'', film TV, by Jeannot Szwarc (1973)
*''Storia de fratelli e de cortelli'', by Mario Amendola (1973)
*''Il delitto Matteotti'', by Florestano Vancini (1973)
*''Viaggia, ragazza, viaggia, hai la musica nelle vene'', by Pasquale Squitieri (1973)
*''Dracula cerca sangue di vergine... e morì di sete!!!'' (a.k.a., ''Blood for Dracula''), by Paul Morrissey and Antonio Margheriti (1974)
*''C'eravamo tanto amati'', by Ettore Scola (1974)
*''Intorno'', short film directed by Manuel De Sica (1974)
*''L'eroe'', tv movie, by Manuel De Sica (1974)

Note: on many sources, ''Fontana di Trevi'' by Carlo Campogalliani (1960) and ''La pappa reale'' by Robert Thomas (1964) are included but de Sica does not appear in those films.


Source: Wikipedia