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Vittorio De Sica (19011974) is one of the most famous Italian film directors of his era, and one of the greatest and most popular actors in the Italian film industry.

De Sica was born in the town of Sora in central Italy, and he grew up poor. As a young man he started working in the theater. He made his first film appearance at the age of 16, but his acting career proper started ten years later, at the tail end of the silent film era. After spending thirteen years as a very busy actor in Italian cinema, he directed his first film, ''Red Roses'', in 1940. De Sica kept working as an actor, director, and screenwriter throughout UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. For his 1945 film ''The Gates of Heaven'', De Sica cast as many Jews or otherwise endangered persons he could find, in order to protect them against the occupying Germans, then delayed production until the Allies entered Rome.

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->''"Art has to be severe. It cannot be commercial. It cannot be for the producer or even for the public. It has to be for oneself."''

Vittorio De Sica (19011974) is (7 July 1901 13 November 1974) was one of the most famous Italian film directors of his era, and one of the greatest and most popular actors in the Italian film industry.

De Sica was born in the town of Sora in central Italy, and he grew up poor. As a young man he started working in the theater.theater, mostly doing light comedy. He made his first film appearance at the age of 16, but his acting career proper started ten years later, at the tail end of the silent film era. After spending thirteen years as a very busy actor in Italian cinema, he directed his first film, ''Red Roses'', in 1940. De Sica kept working as an actor, director, and screenwriter throughout UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. For his 1945 film ''The Gates of Heaven'', De Sica cast as many Jews or otherwise endangered persons he could find, in order to protect them against the occupying Germans, then delayed production until the Allies entered Rome.

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* ''Film/GeneralDellaRovere'' (1959)

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* ''Film/TheChildrenAreWatchingUs'' (1943)


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* ''Film/TheSignOfVenus'' (1955)

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* ''Film/AfterTheFox'' (1966) (also played himself)

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* ''Film/MiracleInMilan'' (1951)


Random trivia: his second wife was the sister of Ramon Mercader, the guy who murdered UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky, small world.

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Random trivia: his second wife was the sister of Ramon Mercader, the guy who murdered UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky, small UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky. Small world.



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!!Filmography (director unless otherwise noted):

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!!Films De Sica directed:



* ''Film/TheEarringsOfMadameDe'' (1953) (actor)



* ''Film/TheGoldOfNaples'' (1954) (also actor)

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* ''Film/TheGoldOfNaples'' (1954) (also actor)starred)



* ''Film/BloodForDracula'' (1974) (actor)

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!!De Sica as actor only:

* ''Film/TheEarringsOfMadameDe'' (1953) (actor)
* ''Film/BloodForDracula'' (1974) (actor)
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* ''Film/TheGoldOfNaples'' (1954)

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* ''Film/TheGoldOfNaples'' (1954)

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* ''Film/MarriageItalianStyle'' (1964)


Vittorio De Sica (19011974) is one of the most famous Italian film directors of his era.

Well, maybe not the ''most'' famous--that would be [[Creator/FedericoFellini Fellini]]--but the most decorated.

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Vittorio De Sica (19011974) is one of the most famous Italian film directors of his era.

Well, maybe not
era, and one of the ''most'' famous--that would be [[Creator/FedericoFellini Fellini]]--but the greatest and most decorated.
popular actors in the Italian film industry.



De Sica became famous world-wide for his 1945 film ''Shoeshine''. This drama about two shoeshine boys who dream of owning a horse won a special honorary Academy Award, which was later retroactively considered the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm. Three years later he had an even bigger success with ''Bicycle Thieves'' (aka ''The Bicycle Thief''), about a father who desperately searches for the stolen bicycle he needs for his job. It also won an honorary Academy Award.

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De Sica became famous world-wide for his 1945 film ''Shoeshine''. This drama about two shoeshine boys who dream of owning a horse won a special honorary Academy Award, which was later retroactively considered the first UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm. Three years later he had an even bigger success with ''Bicycle Thieves'' (aka ''The Bicycle Thief''), about a father who desperately searches for the stolen bicycle he needs for his job. It also won an honorary Academy Award. This became one of the most famous and influential films of its day, seen as the TropeCodifier for Italian neorealism, featuring non-actors in leading roles, shooting on location, and telling a SliceOfLife story with very little of Hollywood or melodramatic conventions. Ironically, it was an inspiration for independent film-makers even if it was actually the most expensive Italian film made at that time, and partially funded by Hollywood studios (shooting on location was far far more expensive than it was to shoot on sets in that time).



Random trivia: his second wife was the sister of the guy who murdered UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky.

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De Sica was a notable and respected actor, and remained in demand after becoming a director of note. He appeared in films by Creator/MaxOphuls and Creator/RobertoRossellini (''Il generale della rovere'').

Random trivia: his second wife was the sister of Ramon Mercader, the guy who murdered UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky.
UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky, small world.



* ''Film/BloodForDracula'' (1974) (actor)

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Vittorio De Sica (19011974) is probably the most famous Italian film director to ever live.

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Vittorio De Sica (19011974) is probably one of the most famous Italian film director to ever live.
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