Vittorio De Sica

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

Four of the films he directed won Academy Awards: Sciuscià and Bicycle Thieves (honorary), while Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and Il giardino dei Finzi Contini won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Indeed, the great critical success of Sciuscià (the first foreign film to be so recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and Bicycle Thieves helped establish the permanent Best Foreign Film Award. These two films are considered part of the canon of classic cinema. Bicycle Thieves was cited by Turner Classic Movies as one of the 15 most influential films in cinema history.

De Sica was also nominated for the 1957 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing Major Rinaldi in American director Charles Vidor's 1957 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, a movie that was panned by critics and proved a box office flop. De Sica's acting was considered the highlight of the film.

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After the Fox Blu-ray Review

A big-budget heist comedy from 1966, After the Fox still entertains and is now on Blu-ray from the BFI.

Madame de... Review

One of Max Ophüls's great films, in dual-format from the BFI.

Il Boom Review

Bittersweet satire from the director of Bicycle Thieves.

Miracle in Milan (UK) in March

This film by Vittorio De Sica is next up on the Arrow Academy label...

The Garden of the Finzi Contini (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini) Review

Vittorio De Sica's wartime drama, an Oscar-winner as Best Foreign Language Film, comes to DVD from Arrow Academy.

Arrow Academy Summer releases

Il Generale Della Rovere and The Garden of the Finzi Contini on UK DVD this Summer...

Bicycle Thieves Review

De Sica's classic is released on blu-ray by Arrow in the UK, we tell you what it looks like...

Indiscretion of an American Wife Review

Vittorio De Sica's difficulties with producer David O. Selznick show up in this mismatched neorealist romance between Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift. Noel Megahey casts an eye over the remains.

Bicycle Thieves: Criterion Collection Review

Criterion release a wonderful 2-disc edition of Vittorio de Sica's neorealist classic, one of the most important films ever made. Noel Megahey reviews.

Shoeshine Review

Masters of Cinema and Eureka present a beautifully restored edition of a classic of neorealist cinema from Vittorio De Sica, the director of ‘Bicycle Thieves’.

Bicycle Thieves Review

Anthony Nield takes a look at Arrow's forthcoming Region 2 release of <i>Bicycle Thieves</i>, Vittorio De Sica's classic of Italian cinema finally making itself known on the UK DVD market.

Miracle in Milan Review

Anthony Nield reviews Arrow's forthcoming Region 2 release of Vittorio De Sica's <i>Miracle in Milan</i>. The director's follow-up to his famed <i>Bicycle Thieves</i>, this particular ventures sees him head off into more fantastical and comical environs to delightful effect.

Umberto D Review

A classic of Italian neorealist cinema from Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) is fully restored and released in the UK by Nouveaux Pictures. Noel Megahey reviews.