Italy, 1946 (Vittorio De Sica; 1h 27m)

In De Sica’s Shoeshine, two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison.

In handling a camera I feel that I have no peer. But what De Sica can do, I can’t do. I ran his Shoeshine recently and the camera disappeared, the screen disappeared; it was just life…

Orson Welles

For all the talk about the film’s realism, justifiable talk surely, Shoeshine is still a deliberately shaped work of art, in which De Sica does thoughtful things with his camera, building on the scriptwriting of the immensely talented Cesare Zavattini.

Norman Holland, A Sharper Focus
Date: June 27th, 2020
Time: 8:30pm
Finishes at: 10:00pm