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Sciuscià (1946)

Drama | 87 minutes
3,81 109 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 87 minuten

Alternative titles: Shoeshine / Shoe Shine

Country: Italy

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

Stars: Franco Interlenghi, Rinaldo Smordoni and Annielo Mele

IMDb score: 8,0 (7.977)

Releasedate: 27 April 1946


Sciuscià plot

Some boys in Rome work as shoe shiners. Two of them have the dream of riding their own horse, for which they save all their money. When they meet some black market dealers, they are persuaded to engage in shady practices. It provides them with the necessary money, but unfortunately the police have also been called in.

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avatar van Bobbejaantje


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Incredibly powerful film in which the juvenile justice system from bygone Italian times is exposed. It starts off as a pretty tame drama, with nice images of two boys on a horse on a sunny day (almost in the mood of Pippi Longstocking), but then all hell breaks loose in a naturalistic style. Most of the film takes place in a youth institution/prison where it is not a pleasant place to be. Excellent leading roles for the boys, but the rest of the cast also plays naturally. As a viewer you are, as it were, included in the pack.

In the course of the story, the atmosphere becomes increasingly grim until the boiling point is reached with a gripping finale, and a poetic final shot on top.

Anyone who is unmoved by this film should consult a heart surgeon.

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avatar van Movsin


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Remarkable character, that Vittorio De Sica. As an actor I see him as the flamboyant, charismatic presence, usually in romantic comedies. As a director he also falls within the neo-realism, where this tragic "Sciuscia" takes place in the line of "Ladri di Bicicletta", "Miracolo a Milano", "Umberto D"....

Also a film about street children who, driven by poverty and the urge for a better life, end up deeper and deeper into the abyss and in which - and this is very important in this sad film - authorities such as police officers, educators, prison staff and judges, are bathed in indifference and inaction to improve the condition of these children, on the contrary.

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avatar van Fisico

Fisico (moderator films)

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My De Sica list is filling up further and further. They all or often revolve around the same theme of social injustice or deprivation. Through his films he tries to expose social problems without being really sentimental. He does succeed in drawing attention to certain themes.

The plot is harrowing anyway and no one cares about the many street children, many of whom are orphans. If a crime is committed or not, they are locked up in a juvenile detention center. What was striking was that scene in court where that one lawyer barely had a say.

The focus is on the friendship between the two boys and the attempts to put a wedge between them. A strong dramatic ending

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