Compassionate Filmmaking in De Sica’s Shoeshine


A heartbreaking venture which called forward the neorealist film movement wherein De Sica became a celebrated figure. Shoeshine at once defines the genre while proffering De Sica with the tools and ideas to be reworked in his later neorealist masterpieces Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D, perhaps the two best examples of this specific postwar movement. All three of these films delve deep into the souls of those suffering the late 40s Italian depression, and all three convey this pain through boundless compassion for their characters.

89/100 – Excellent.



About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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