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Director: Vittorio De Sica Run Time: 91 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1946 Language: Italian

Starring: Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi, Emilio Cigoli, Franco Interlenghi, Rinaldo Smordoni

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One of the greatest achievements in the cinematic revolution known as Italian neorealism, Vittorio De Sica’s SHOESHINE stands as a timeless masterpiece of trenchant social observation and stirring emotional humanism. In postwar Rome, street kids Giuseppe (Smordoni) and Pasquale (Interlenghi) shine the shoes of American servicemen in hopes of saving enough money to purchase a beautiful horse. But when Giuseppe’s criminal brother tricks them into participating in a confidence scam, the duo are arrested and then ground through the merciless gears of the juvenile detention system until their once-unbreakable friendship becomes the first casualty in an inexorable sequence of tragic events. Scripted by an all-star team of screenwriters and directed by De Sica with an uncompromising eye for the period’s singular personalities and harsh conditions, SHOESHINE is filmmaking at its most soulful, urgent, and heartbreakingly beautiful. – Janus Films 

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