Vittorio De Sica

Miracle in Milan

Miracle in Milan

Renowned filmmaker Vittorio De Sica followed up his international triumph Bicycle Thieves with this enchantingly playful neorealist fairy tale, in which he combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers. Tipping their hats to the imaginative whimsy of Charles Chaplin and René Clair, De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, adapting his own novel, craft a bighearted ode to the nobility of everyday people.

Film Info

  • Italy
  • 1951
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Italian, English
  • Spine #1119

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with neorealism expert and film scholar David Forgacs
  • Audio interview from the late 1960s in which director Vittorio De Sica looks back on his career, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann
  • Interviews with actor Brunella Bovo and Manuel De Sica, the director’s son
  • Feature-length documentary from 2019 on screenwriter Cesare Zavattini
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Christina Newland and, on the Blu-ray, “Totò il buono,” a 1940 treatment by Zavattini that is the earliest version of the story on which Miracle in Milan is based

    New cover by Manule Fior


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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with neorealism expert and film scholar David Forgacs
  • Audio interview from the late 1960s in which director Vittorio De Sica looks back on his career, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann
  • Interviews with actor Brunella Bovo and Manuel De Sica, the director’s son
  • Feature-length documentary from 2019 on screenwriter Cesare Zavattini
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Christina Newland and, on the Blu-ray, “Totò il buono,” a 1940 treatment by Zavattini that is the earliest version of the story on which Miracle in Milan is based

    New cover by Manule Fior


Miracle in Milan
Cast
Francesco Golisano
Totó
Emma Gramatica
Lolotta
Paolo Stoppa
Rappi
Guglielmo Barnabò
Mobbi
Brunella Bovo
Edvige
Anna Carena
Marta
Alba Arnova
Statue
Credits
Director
Vittorio De Sica
Story by (from his novel Totó il buono)
Cesare Zavattini
Script by
Cesare Zavattini
Vittorio De Sica
Produced by
Vittorio De Sica, in association with ENIC
Cinematography by
G. R. Aldo
Music by
Alessandro Cicognini
Art direction by
Guido Fiorini
Special effects by
Ned Mann
Sid Howell
Dave Mature
Mattia Triznya
Special effects camera operators
Vaclav Vich
Enzo Barboni
Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma
Assistant directors
Luisa Allessandri
Umberto Scarpelli

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Miracle in Milan: It Is Goodness
Miracle in Milan: It Is Goodness

Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist fable deploys barbed humor and surreal flourishes to depict class solidarity and human kindness in postwar Italy.

By Christina Newland