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Vittorio De Sica

Biography

Italian director who was simply a leader in the neorealist movement from the 1940’s and 1950’s. His 1948 film Ladri di Biciclette (Bike Thieves) is broadly considered probably one of the most essential movies in cinematic background, telling the storyplot of a guy and his boy looking for a taken bicycle through the entire course of each day. He began his career like a theater acting professional and he shaped his own theater business in 1933. For his part as Main Rinaldi in the 1957 film A Farewell to Hands he received an Academy Honor nomination for Greatest Supporting Acting professional. He was wedded to Giuditta Rissone from 1937 to 1954 and Maria Mercader from 1959 to 1974. He previously three children called Emi, Manuel and Christian. He aimed the 1964 Italian film Matrimonio all’italiana (Relationship Italian-Style) starring Sophia Loren.

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Date Of Birth July 7, 1901
Place Of Birth Sora, Italy
Height 1.76 m
Profession Director
Nationality Italian, French
Spouse María Mercader, Giuditta Rissone
Children Christian De Sica, Manuel De Sica, Vicky Lagos, Emi De Sica
Parents Umberto De Sica, Teresa Manfredi
Siblings Elena De Sica, Maria De Sica, Elmo De Sica
Awards Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Bear, David di Donatello for Best Director, David di Donatello for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Film, David di Donatello Golden Plate Award, Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film, David di Donatello European David Award, Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director
Nominations Golden Lion, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Grand Jury Prize, Venezia Classici Award for Best Restored Film
Movies Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D., Shoeshine, Two Women, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Miracle in Milan, Marriage Italian Style, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Terminal Station, The Gold of Naples, The Children Are Watching Us, After the Fox, Boccaccio '70, A Brief Vacation, Sunflower, The Boom, The Earrings of Madame de…, Woman Times Seven, General Della Rovere, The Last Judgment, The Voyage, The Witches, The Condemned of Altona, Doctor, Beware, A Place for Lovers, The Roof, A Farewell to Arms, Red Roses, Bread, Love and Dreams, Maddalena, Zero for Conduct, Scandal in Sorrento, It Happened in the Park, Doorway to heaven, What Scoundrels Men Are!, We'll Call Him Andrew, Anna of Brooklyn, Un monde nouveau, A Garibaldian in the Convent, The Two Marshals, It Started in Naples, Blood for Dracula, The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Biggest Bundle of Them All, The Millionairess, Too Bad She's Bad, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, Le coppie, The Monte Carlo Story, The Assassination of Matteotti, Heart
TV Shows The Four Just Men, The Adventures of Pinocchio
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Former brother-in-law of Checco Rissone.
2Father-in-law of Maria Lucia Langella and Silvia Verdone. Former father-in-law of Tilde Corsi. Grandfather of Andrea De Sica (Manuel's son), Mariarosa and Brando De Sica (Christian's children).
3The director of four Italian films that were honored with the Academy Award (two special awards for "Shoeshine" and "The Bicycle Thief", the Best Foreign Film Oscar for.
4Brother-in-law of Ramon Mercader, the murderer of Leon Trotsky.
5Directed Sophia Loren to an Oscar nomination twice, for Two Women (1960) and for Marriage Italian Style (1964). Loren won an Oscar for the first nomination.
6Supporter of the Italian Communist Party.
7Is portrayed by Edmund Purdom in Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980)
8His movies Ieri, oggi, domani (1963), Marriage Italian Style (1964), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) were Oscar-nomiinated for "Best Foreign Language Film". Ieri, oggi, domani (1963) and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) won. Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Shoeshine (1946) received special Honarary Awards for their high and oustanding quality.
9Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 229-237. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
10He was a compulsive gambler
11De Sica continued to act in films in order to finance his own projects.
12In addition to being famous as a great director, De Sica was renowned for his light earthy acting roles opposite Italy's most famous sex goddesses at the time: Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren.
13De Sica lived with his second wife, María Mercader, from 1942 on, but couldn't marry her until 1968 after acquiring French citizenship, which allowed him to finally divorce Giuditta Rissone, his first.
14Father of Emilia, Manuel De Sica and Christian De Sica.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nel blu dipinto di blu1959Spartaco
Ferdinando I° re di Napoli1959Seccano
General Della Rovere1959Bardone AKA 'Grimaldi'
Il moralista1959The O. I. M. P. President
Il mondo dei miracoli1959Director Pietro Giordani
Vacanze d'inverno1959Maurice
Policarpo 'ufficiale di scrittura'1959The Illusionist (uncredited)
Uomini e nobiluomini1959Marchese Nicola Peccori Macinelli di Afragola
Il marito bello: Il nemico di mia moglie1959Ottavio Terenzi, padre di Marco
La prima notte1959Alfredo
Pan, amor y Andalucía1958Maresciallo Carotenuto
La ragazza di piazza San Pietro1958Armando Conforti
Gli zitelloni1958Il professore
Angel in a Taxi1958God
Always Victorious1958Il comandante Ernesto De Rossi
Fast and Sexy1958Don Luigi
Domenica è sempre domenica1958Comandante Castaldi
Amore e chiacchiere (Salviamo il panorama)1958Avvocato Bonelli
The Lady Doctor1957Marchese De Vitti
Holiday Island1957Engineer Occhipinti
A Farewell to Arms1957Major Alessandro Rinaldi
Il medico e lo stregone1957Antonio Locoratolo
Il conte Max1957Conte Max Orsini Varaldo
La donna che venne dal mare1957Console Bordogin
Casino de Paris1957Alexandre Gordy
It Happened in Rome1957The Count
I colpevoli1957Giorgio
A Tailor's Maid1957Vincenzo Corallo
Noi siamo le colonne1956Alfredo Celimontani
The Montecarlo Story1956Count Dino della Fiaba
Tempo di villeggiatura1956Aristide Rossi
Nero's Mistress1956Seneca
I giorni più belli1956
The Bigamist1956L'onorevole Principe / Attorney Principe
What a Woman!1956Minor Role (uncredited)
Sulle strade di notte1956TV Movie
Pane, amore e.....1955Comandante Carotenuto
Racconti romani1955Avvocato Mazzoni Baralla
The Miller's Beautiful Wife1955Don Teofilo - governatore
It Happens in Roma1955Carlo Reani
Il segno di Venere1955Alessio Spano
Peccato che sia una canaglia1955Vittorio Stroppiani
The Gold of Naples1954Il conte Prospero B. (segment "I giocatori") (uncredited)
Frisky1954Maresciallo Carotenuto
Allegro squadrone1954Il generale
Vergine moderna1954Antonio Valli
The Bed1954Roberto (segment "Divorce, Le")
The Anatomy of Love1954Il conte Ferdinando (segment "Don Corradino")
Gran variet1954Veneziani - il fine dicitore (segment "Il censore")
Cento anni d'amore1954Duke Giovanni del Bagno aka Signor Pallini (segment "Pendolin")
Il matrimonio1954Gregory Stefanovich Smirnov
Bread, Love and Dreams1953Maresciallo Carotenuto
It Happened in the Park1953L'avvocato Arturo Cavazzuti (segment: Incidente a Villa Borghese)
The Earrings of Madame de...1953Baron Fabrizio Donati
Times Gone By1952Attorney (segment "Il processo di Frine")
The Secret Conclave1952
Hello Elephant1952Carlo Caretti
Mamma mia, che impressione!1951
Position Wanted1951Leonardo Leonardi
Tomorrow Is Too Late1950Professor Landi
Il mondo vuole così1949Paolo Morelli
Heart and Soul1948Professor Perboni
Lo sconosciuto di San Marino1948Leo, l'ateo
Natale al campo 1191947Don Vicenzino
Lost in the Dark1947Nunzio
Peddlin' in Society1946Il conte Ghirani
Roma citt1946Distinguished Gentleman
My Widow and I1945Adriano Lari
Vivere ancora1945
L'ippocampo1945Pio Sandi
Nessuno torna indietro1945Maurizio
I nostri sogni1943Leo
Non sono superstizioso... ma!1943Il barone Roberto
La guardia del corpo1942Riccardo, L'investigatore privato
Un garibaldino al convento1942Nino Bixio (uncredited)
Se io fossi onesto1942Pietro Kovach
Doctor, Beware1941Il dottore Pietro Vignali
L'avventuriera del piano di sopra1941Fabrizio Marchini
Maddalena... zero in condotta1940Alfredo Hartman
La peccatrice1940Pietro Bandelli
The Two Mothers1940Salvatore
Rose scarlatte1940Alberto Verani
Two on a Vacation1940Il conte Corrado Valli
Manon Lescaut1940Renato Des Grieux
It Always Ends That Way1939Alberto Miller
I grandi magazzini1939Bruno Zacchi
Castelli in aria1939Riccardo Pietramola
Naples That Never Dies1939
Ai vostri ordini, signora...1939Pietro Haguet
Hanno rapito un uomo1938L'attore cinematografico
Partire1938Paolo Veronda
L'orologio a cucù1938Il capitano Ducci
Triumph of Love1938Vincenzo
La mazurca di pap1938Stefano San Mauro / Il figlio di San Mauro
Napoli d'altri tempi1938Mario Esposito
Ma non è una cosa seria1937Memmo Speranza
Questi ragazzi1937Vincenzo
Il signor Max1937Gianni / Max Varaldo
The Man Who Smiles1937Pio Fardella
Lohengrin1936Alfredo
Non ti conosco più1936Il dottore Alberto Spinelli
I Love You Only1936Prof. Giovanni Agano
I'll Give a Million1935Gold
Full Speed1934Il professore Giacomo Banti
Il signore desidera?1934Martino
The Song of the Sun1934Paladino, il avvocato
La segretaria per tutti1933Un gag
Un cattivo soggetto1933Willy
Das Lied der Sonne1933Dr. Giuseppe Paladino
The Lucky Diamond1933Fritz Peters
Love Passes By1933
Paprika1933/II
Due cuori felici1932Mister Brown
Gli uomini, che mascalzoni...1932Bruno
The Old Lady1932Il fine dicitore
La compagnia dei matti1928Prof. Rosolillo
La bellezza del mondo1927
Il processo Clémenceau1917Pierre Clémenceau bambino
L'eroe1976TV Movie
The Small Miracle1974TV MovieFather Damico
Blood for Dracula1974Il Marchese Di Fiore
Viaggia, ragazza, viaggia, hai la musica nelle vene1973
Il delitto Matteotti1973Mauro Del Giudice
Storia de fratelli e de cortelli1973Maresciallo Cenciarelli
Le avventure di Pinocchio1972TV Mini-SeriesGiudice
Quando le donne si chiamavano 'Madonne'1972
L'odeur des fauves1972Milord
Snow Job1972Enrico Dolphi
Ettore lo fusto1972Giove
Siamo tutti in libert1971Giuseppe Mancini 'Pulcinella'
Trastevere1971Enrico Formichi
Io non vedo, tu non parli, lui non sente1971Player in Venice casino
Cose di Cosa Nostra1971Don Michele
12 + 11969Carlo Di Seta - The Commadatore
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium1969Shoemaker
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/ICardinal Rinaldi
Caroline chérie1968Le comte de Bièvre - le père de Caroline (as Vittorio de Sica)
The Biggest Bundle of Them All1968Cesare Celli
Gli altri, gli altri... e noi1967
An Italian in America1967Giuseppe's Father
Me, Me, Me... and the Others1966Commendator Trepossi
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders1965The Count
Eva1962uncredited
I due marescialli1961Maresciallo Vittorio Cottone (as De Sica)
Gli attendenti1961Colonnello Filippo Bitossi
The Wonders of Aladdin1961Genie
The Last Judgment1961Defense lawyer
Vive Henri IV... vive l'amour!1961L'ambassadeur d'Espagne (as Vittorio de Sica)
L'onorata societ1961Salvatore, the 'Capintesta'
Gli incensurati1961Attore di Fumetti
Lafayette1961Bancroft
Gastone1960The prince
Un amore a Roma1960Director
Il vigile1960Il sindaco
The Millionairess1960Joe (as Vittorio de Sica)
Fontana di Trevi1960
Le pillole di Ercole1960Piero Cuocolo
Le tre eccetera del colonnello1960Colonel Belalcazar
The Four Just Men1959-1960TV SeriesRicco Poccari
It Started in Naples1960Mario Vitale
The Battle of Austerlitz1960Pope Pius VII
The Angel Wore Red1960Gen. Clave
Vita col padre e con la madre1960TV Mini-SeriesClarence Day

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Voyage1974
A Brief Vacation1973
Lo chiameremo Andrea1972
I cavalieri di Malta1971TV Movie documentary
La nascita della Repubblica1971TV Series 1 episode
Le coppie1970segment "Leone, Il"
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis1970
I girasoli1970
A Place for Lovers1968
Woman Times Seven1967
The Witches1967segment "Sera come le altre, Una"
After the Fox1966
Un monde nouveau1966
Marriage Italian Style1964
Ieri, oggi, domani1963
Il boom1963
I sequestrati di Altona1962
Boccaccio '701962segment "La riffa"
The Last Judgment1961
Two Women1960
Il tetto1956
The Gold of Naples1954
It Happened in the Park1953uncredited
Indiscretion of an American Wife1953
Umberto D.1952
Miracle in Milan1951
Bicycle Thieves1948
Heart and Soul1948children's scenes
Shoeshine1946
La porta del cielo1945
I bambini ci guardano1944
Un garibaldino al convento1942
Doctor, Beware1941
Maddalena... zero in condotta1940
Rose scarlatte1940

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La nascita della Repubblica1971TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis1970uncredited
Two Women1960screenplay - uncredited
The Gold of Naples1954screenplay
Bread, Love and Dreams1953story and screenplay - uncredited
Miracle in Milan1951screenplay
Bicycle Thieves1948screenplay
Natale al campo 1191947screenplay - as V. De Sica
Lost in the Dark1947screenplay
Peddlin' in Society1946screenplay - uncredited / story - uncredited
Il marito povero1946screenplay
La porta del cielo1945screenplay
L'ippocampo1945screenplay
I bambini ci guardano1944screenplay
I nostri sogni1943screenplay
Non sono superstizioso... ma!1943screenplay
La guardia del corpo1942screenplay
Un garibaldino al convento1942screenplay
Se io fossi onesto1942screenplay
Doctor, Beware1941screenplay
L'avventuriera del piano di sopra1941screenplay - uncredited
Maddalena... zero in condotta1940dialogue - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pan, amor y Andalucía1958producer
Il tetto1956producer
Indiscretion of an American Wife1953producer
Hello Elephant1952producer
Umberto D.1952producer - as De Sica
Mamma mia, che impressione!1951producer
Miracle in Milan1951producer
Bicycle Thieves1948producer - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ciranda de Pedra1981TV Series performer: "Sono Tre Parole"
Pan, amor y Andalucía1958performer: "La spagnola", "Tarantella sivigliana" - uncredited
Pane, amore e.....1955performer: "Torna a Surriento" - uncredited
Frisky1954performer: "Miserere... Quel suon, quelle preci solenni" - uncredited
Hanno rapito un uomo1938lyrics: "Amarsi quando piove", "Canzone sospirata" - as V. De Sica / performer: "Amarsi quando piove", "Canzone sospirata"
Gli uomini, che mascalzoni...1932performer: "Parlami d'amore Mariù" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pan, amor y Andalucía1958supervisor
Fast and Sexy1958supervising director
L'ippocampo1945supervising director - uncredited

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tomorrow Is Too Late1950artistic advisor

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fast and Sexy1958

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
We All Loved Each Other So Much1974dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vittorio De Sica: il regista, l'attore, l'uomo1974TV Movie documentaryHimself
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gala de l'union1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
Rom aktuell1970TV Series documentaryHimself
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IIDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Sophia: A Self-Portrait1968TV Movie documentaryHimself
After the Fox1966Himself (uncredited)
Sunday Night1966TV Series documentaryHimself
La nuit écoute1965TV Series shortHimself
Cinéastes de notre temps1965TV Series documentaryHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Orson Welles at Large: Portrait of Gina1958TV Short documentaryHimself
Cinépanorama1958TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Belmondo par Belmondo2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Donne nel mito: Sophia racconta la Loren2014Documentary shortHimself
Colpo di scena2014TV SeriesHimself
Lino Miccichè, mio padre - Una visione del mondo2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema 1968-19792011TV Movie documentaryHimself
19602010DocumentaryHimself
Pupi Avati, ieri, oggi, domani2010
Vittorio D.2009DocumentaryHimself
Suso - Conversazioni con Margherita D'Amico2007DocumentaryHimself
Danielle Darrieux, une vie de cinéma2007TV MovieHimself
Marcello, una vita dolce2006DocumentaryHimself
Cineastas contra magnates2005DocumentaryHimself
Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio2004Documentary
Così è la vita: Vittorio De Sica2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Roberto Rossellini: Frammenti e battute2000DocumentaryGeneral della Rovere
Nitrato d'argento1996DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cinema Paradiso1988Count Prospero B. (uncredited)
My Name Is Anna Magnani1980DocumentaryHimself
Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca1975
We All Loved Each Other So Much1974Himself (uncredited)
Aquarius1974TV SeriesHimself
Lionpower from MGM1967ShortCesare Celli (uncredited)
Lykke og krone1962DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973European DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsUna breve vacanza (1973)
1972KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Director of a Foreign FilmIl giardino dei Finzi Contini (1970)
1971Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalIl giardino dei Finzi Contini (1970)
1971Interfilm Award - Otto Dibelius Film AwardBerlin International Film FestivalIl giardino dei Finzi Contini (1970)
1971Interfilm Grand PrixBerlin International Film Festival
1965DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Director (Migliore Regista)Matrimonio all'italiana (1964)
1963DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Director (Migliore Regista)I sequestrati di Altona (1962)
1962Blue Ribbon AwardBlue Ribbon AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmLa ciociara (1960)
1959Golden Gate AwardSan Francisco International Film FestivalBest ActorIl generale Della Rovere (1959)
1958Golden PlateDavid di Donatello AwardsAnna di Brooklyn (1958)
1957JussiJussi AwardsBest Foreign DirectorUmberto D. (1952)
1956OCIC AwardCannes Film FestivalIl tetto (1956)
1956DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Pane, amore e..... (1955)
1955BodilBodil AwardsBest European Film (Bedste europæiske film)Umberto D. (1952)
1955Golden GobletGolden Goblets, ItalyBest Director (Migliore Regista)L'oro di Napoli (1954)
1954Golden GobletGolden Goblets, ItalyBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Pane, amore e fantasia (1953)
1951Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmLadri di biciclette (1948)
1951BodilBodil AwardsBest European Film (Bedste europæiske film)Ladri di biciclette (1948)
1951Grand Prize of the FestivalCannes Film FestivalMiracolo a Milano (1951)
1949Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Director (Migliore Regia)Ladri di biciclette (1948)
1949Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura)Ladri di biciclette (1948)· Cesare Zavattini
· Suso Cecchi D'Amico
· Oreste Biancoli
· Adolfo Franci
· Gerardo Guerrieri
1949Special Prize of the JuryLocarno International Film FestivalLadri di biciclette (1948)
1949NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest DirectorLadri di biciclette (1948)
1948Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Cuore (1948)
1946Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Director (Migliore Regia)Sciusci (1946)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector9th place.
1965Grand PrixMoscow International Film FestivalMatrimonio all'italiana (1964)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Director9th place.
1961Golden LionVenice Film FestivalIl giudizio universale (1961)
1961Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalLa ciociara (1960)
1960Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Il generale Della Rovere (1959)
1958OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleA Farewell to Arms (1957)
1957Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Director (Migliore Regia)Il tetto (1956)
1956Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalIl tetto (1956)
1955Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalL'oro di Napoli (1954)
1953Grand Prize of the FestivalCannes Film FestivalStazione Termini (1953)
1952Grand Prize of the FestivalCannes Film FestivalUmberto D. (1952)


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#Quote
1I am basically an unhappy man. Life gives me always the impression of cruelty. I read the newspaper - crimes, murders, divorces, and so on. I do not find evidence of sincerity or solidarity there. I love humanity, I trust humanity, but humanity has a way of disillusioning me. The pictures I direct are nearly always melancholy. This comes from the contrast between my love and my disillusion. I am an optimist. I love life. I seek perfection. If my art seems pessimistic, it is a consequence of my continuing optimism and its disillusion. At least I have enthusiasm. It is necessary to all professions to have enthusiasm in order to have success.
2There is no crisis in cinema. There are negative periods. There are times when some films are received well and others aren't. The past teaches us that some films were received badly, while others go sailing on. There are two films doing very well right now in the Italian market: One is The Leopard (1963) ("The Lepoard"), which earns seven million lire a day, and the other is "Il diavolo" ("To Bed or Not to Bed (1964)"), starring (Alberto) Sordi, which earns 3 1/2 million. So there are films that are doing very well. What I notice is that producers have been known to make errors in judgment, which have caused them to be overly daring. For example, I've been told many millions were spent, somewhere around half a billion, for a film entrusted to a young person. We must make room for young people , but with half a billion we could have made eight of Bicycle Thieves (1948) ("The Bicycle Thief"). Experimental cinema should be inexpensive cinema. Half a billion lire should be entrusted to those professionals who we can be sure will bring home the half billion spent. We should be cautious with new initiatives. Producers should be cautious. As for television as a competitor, yes, there I see a danger. Let television do television, let them do documentaries, but cinema as such should be shown on screens, because there's no one more lazy than the public. When people don't have to leave their homes, they're very happy. A film shown in the home encourages the audience not to budge.
3[on Sophia Loren] I consider Sophia a great -- a good actress and a great personality. Because she is a Neopolitan. Like me. We are the same people, the same origin. And we feel together the same. Yes, for me, I am very happy when I work with Sophia.
4"Bicycle Thieves" is a good picture. I like very much. But some concession to sentimentality. A little concession. "Umberto D" never. Nothing. Without compromise. But it was too early. Many pictures of mine this way. Now is a great success. Then, nothing. Oh, a little. The intelligentsia accept "Umberto D." But the audience -- no, nothing. Too early. Too early.


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