Director: Vittorio De Sica
Screenplay: Sergio Amidei, Adolfo Franci, Cesare Giulio Viola, Cesare Zavattini
Cinematographer: Anchise Brizzi
Music: Alessandro Cicognini
Producer: Paolo William Tamburella
Cast: Franco Interlenghi, Rinaldo Smordoni, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi, Emilio Cigoli
1946 / Italy / B&W / 93min / 35mm
In Italian with English subtitles
Honourary Award, Academy Awards 1948
A Neo-realism version of Prison on Fire
, using a child’s eyes to look at war ravaged Italy with most characters played by non-experienced child actors. Two shoeshine children joined the black market trade, hoping to save up money to buy a horse. They fell victim to a scheme and landed themselves in trouble with selling loot. The two children turned enemies resulting in the inevitable tragedy. A big hit in the US and was awarded with the first Honourary Award at the Academy Awards, the predecessor for the Oscar in Best Foreign Language Film.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
||Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
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