Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica

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De Sica was born in Sora (Frosinone) 7th July 1901 into a lower middle class family, but spent his childhood years in Naples, where he enjoyed amateur dramatics from a tender age: he made his cinema debut in 1918 in a supporting role in "Il processo Clemenceau" by Bencivenga. Subsequently, he appeared in other films, honing his typical role as a witty, easy-going young fellow: he was only to become a box office success however in 1932, as lead actor in "Gli uomini che mascalzoni..." by Mario Camerini.
After that, he continued his career as a leading film star with movies of varying merit - some memorable titles, again directed by Camerini, include "Darò un milione" (1935), "Mister Max (Il signor Max)" (1937) and "Department Store (Grandi magazzini)" (1939) - and his first experience behind the camera as director came with "Red roses (Rose scarlatte)" (1940), an adaptation of a successful play.
After directing several enjoyable comedies, he changed register with the intense "The children are watching us (I bambini ci guardano)" (1943), which heralded the advent of the legendary neorealism period and marked the beginning of a successful working partnership with Cesare Zavattini: it was this collaboration, indeed, that gave rise to "Shoe Shine (Sciuscià)" (1946) and "The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette)" (1948), both of which won an Oscar and a place in the history of international cinema.
"Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano)" (1951) and "Umberto D." (1952) confirmed De Sica as a master in his art and marked the climax of his achievements: afterwards, only on rare occasions - worth mentioning are "The Gold of Naples (L'oro di Napoli)" (1954), "Two women (La ciociara)" (1960), "Yesterday, today and tomorrow (Ieri,oggi e domani)" (1963), "The garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)" (1970): these last two won him another Oscar - did the filmmaker truly find his old brilliance, more often realizing works that were either weakened by commercial preoccupations or plagued by sketchy intimism.
Of De Sica as an actor, we must also mention the mini saga which began with "Bread, love and dreams (Pane, amore e fantasia)" (1953) by Comencini and an admirable performance in "Il Generale Della Rovere" (1959) by Rossellini. Following surgery on his lungs, he died in Neuilly (France) on 13th November 1974.
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Vittorio De Sica Discography

Albums

PSL 10519 Vittorio De Sica De Sica Anni '30(LP) RCA PSL 10519 Italy 1971 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

N. 20040 Vittorio De Sica Con Carlo Savina E Il Suo Complesso Vittorio De Sica Con Carlo Savina E Il Suo Complesso - Signorinella(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Il Musichiere, The Red Record N. 20040 Italy 1960 Sell This Version
D.Q. 1658 Vittorio De Sica Canto Dei Volontari / Oh! Mia Vita(Shellac, 10") Columbia D.Q. 1658 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

9031 72347-2 Vittorio De Sica Le Canzoni Di Vittorio De Sica(2xCD, Comp + Box) Fonit Cetra 9031 72347-2 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
CDFO 3617 Vittorio De Sica Vittorio De Sica(CD, Comp, Mono) Fonit Cetra CDFO 3617 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
RMCD 4202 Vittorio De Sica The Art & The Voice Of Vittorio De Sica(CD, Comp, Mono) Replay Music (2) RMCD 4202 Italy Unknown Sell This Version