VITTORIO D.

By Annarosa MORRI, Mario CANALE

SURF FILM SRL - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2009


    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Director(s)
    • Annarosa MORRI, Mario CANALE
    • Synopsis
    • Any aspect, even the most renowned, risks giving a partial and limited image of Vittorio De Sica. His capability of approaching different cinematographic genres: from the new realism of “Sciuscià” and “Ladri di Biciclette” or “Umberto D” and then on to “La Ciociara” and “Matrimonio all’Italiana” until “Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini”, is unique. And most of all the actor De Sica, no matter whether dramatic or comic, is always real and when he’s on the screen, you believe him. His great ability in collecting success and recognition through works which are completely different from each other has been a unique phenomenon, the heart of the De Sica mystery.
      Let’s delve into the depths of this mystery, first of all by trying to tell about the integrity of the man and the variety of his work, of how it developed over the years and through films, from the theatre, to the songs and the poems.
      What remains of De Sica today? How much are his films still a fundamental example for those who, in every part of the world, want to start working in cinema? It is not by chance that a masterpiece, such as “Ladri di biciclette” has become an archetype: imitated and quoted by cineastes of the world over, it is also not by chance that Belmondo has just interpreted the remake of “Umberto D”. In every school of cinema, the work of De Sica along with that of Rossellini is a fundamental teaching subject.
      In 2001 Xiaoshuai Wang directed “LE BICLETTE DI PECHINO”, an exact remake of “LADRI DI BICICLETTE”. The French-Lebanese Kechiche closes his “LE GRAINE ET LE MOULLET” with a declared quotation of “Ladri di biciclette”. And don’t the flying bicycles in “ET” remind us of
      “MIRACOLO A MILANO”?
      With De Sica you don’t swim in a sea: you dive into the ocean. An ocean in which you float with the “Commendatore De Sica”. “Commendatore” as he was always called by everyone, from the humblest of the electricians to the great Mastroianni.
      A man who intrigues us very much with his open smile often in contrast with his sad, but at times, mocking eyes. A man we remember with tenderness, capable of coping with two families and celebrating New Year with both of them by moving the hands of the clock an hour forward for his younger children, as his daughter Emi writes in “Lettere dal set”. And then gambling. He was a gambler in life, like when he managed to save several people from the Germans by getting them to blend in with the troupe while he was filming.
      The documentary will naturally be made up of film extracts directed or interpreted by De Sica himself, but also of library footage thus subdivided:
      - De Sica seen by De Sica Vittorio De Sica speaks about himself and his work through library footage
      - Memories : Interviews with actors and co-workers of his films :
      Emi, Manuel e Christian De Sica , Giulio Andreotti, Maria Pia Casilio, Enzo G. Castellari, Nino Castelnuovo, Lino Capolicchio Dino De Laurentiis, Dario Fo, Ennio Guarnieri, Tonino Guerra, Sofia Loren, Goffredo Lombardo, Enrico Lucherini, , Giulio Macchi, Shirley McLaine, Maria Mercader, Renzo Rossellini, Peppino Rotunno, Giancarlo Santi, Pasquale Squitieri, Enzo Staiola, Armando Trovajoli, Franca Valeri, Cesare Zavattini ecc...
      - The lesson of De Sica - what remains of his cinema today
      interviews with great Italian and foreign directors :
      Woody Allen, Peter Bogdanovich, Clint Eastwood, Jean Gili, Francois Huster, Abdelatif Kechiche, Tullio Kezich, John Landis, Mike Leight, Ken Loach, Leonard Maltin, Paul Mazursky,Mario Monicelli, Ettore Scola, ecc…
      - Lectures on film direction
      The fourth element of the documentary is contained in the book “Lettere dal Set” in which De Sica tells his daughter Emi about some moments during the shooting of the films: “La Ciociara”, “Ieri Oggi e domani”, “Matrimonio all’Italiana” and “I Girasoli”. This text is fundamental in getting to know the way of working of this great director who meticulously describes, just like a “moviola”, the reasons for his choices and how he managed and is managing to fulfil them. All of this is interspersed with reflections and controversies, such as those with Zavattini, with the world of cinema and particularly with production.
      We hope that all of this will help to know, understand and remember the man and the artist VITTORIO D.
      FILMS AND BACKSTAGE EXTRACTS
      FILMS
      UMBERTO D
      MADDALENA ZERO IN CONDOTTA
      IERI OGGI E DOMANI
      ROMA CITTA’ LIBERA
      SE IO FOSSI ONESTO
      SCIUSCIA’
      LADRI DI BICICLETTE
      MIRACOLO A MILANO
      IL TETTO
      LA CIOCIARA
      BOCCACCIO ’70
      MATRIMONIO ALL’ITALIANA
      I GIRASOLI
      ALTRI TEMPI (IL PROCESSO DI FRINE)
      BLOOD FOR DRACULA
      GLI ATTENDENTI
      Il VIAGGIO
      IL GARDINO DEI FINZI CONTINI
      AMANTI
      LE STREGHE
      UN AMORE A ROMA
      BACKSTAGE
      Umberto D
      La ciociara
      Il generale della Rovere
      Buongiorno elefante
      Ladri di biciclette
      I girasoli
      Peccato che sia una canaglia
      Pane, amore e fantasia
      Stazione Termini
      Boccaccio ‘70
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