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Luigi Comencini – La valigia dei sogni AKA The Suitcase Of Dreams (1953)

In the movie La valigia dei sogni (The Suitcase of Dreams, Italy, 1953) directed by Luigi Comencini, some sequences from Cenere are inserted. The protagonist is a former silent film actor who has saved old movies of his time from destruction, and uses them to set up recreational performances at schools. After an accidental fire and the risk of prison, he meets a rich producer who helps him to build a film museum. Read More »

Vittorio De Sica – Umberto D. [+Extras] (1952)

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Scott Tobias @ avclub.com July 22nd, 2003 wrote:
If the Italian neo-realist movement could be said to have a definite endpoint, it would probably be Vittorio De Sica’s 1952 film Umberto D., a huge international flop that was initially greeted with hostility at home and indifference abroad, but which has since resurfaced as a masterpiece. But apart from any fiscal reasons, the film may have ended neo-realism because it’s arguably its greatest example, taking the movement to a point of aesthetic purity from which it had nowhere else to go. Unlike other landmark De Sica films, such as 1946’s Shoe-Shine or 1948’s The Bicycle Thief, Umberto D. doesn’t press hard for sentiment or sweeping emotional crescendos, but simply embraces an old man’s often-mundane attempts to survive another month and hold on to what little he has. Read More »