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Shoe Shine Boy

Released Dec 25, 1943 15m Drama Musical List
Reviews 99% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A shoeshine boy is in dire straits trying to raise money for a second-hand bugle. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member A portray of poverty in Italy in the vein of Italian Neo-Realism. Vittorio De Sica whom was one of the master of the movement captured the life of young, homeless boys who shoeshining American soldier's shoes and sent to jail because of petty crime. It's that good that it was honored with an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film cathegory for the first time ever. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member while not quite as tight, or sweeping as 'the bicycle thief,' though 'shoeshine' covers a lot of the same ground. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A neorealist masterpiece, Shoeshine has De Sica's fingerprint all over it. It's a beautiful story of two boys in postwar Italy whose friendship is all they each really have and their trip together to a juvenile prison for a crime they were duped into participating in. The relationship between these two - the love, the betrayal, the dramatic final showdown - is astonishing to watch, especially considering these boys were never actors before this film. You truly feel the pain that these boys are enduring as they try relentlessly to convince the adults they are innocent. It is much like the plight of the father in The Bicycle Thief but in children. Shoeshine is a wonderful, classic Italian film that I highly recommend for anyone interested in Italian Cinema. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A shoeshine boy is in dire straits trying to raise money for a second-hand bugle.
Walter Hart
Lewis Jacobs, Walter Hart
Drama, Musical
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 25, 1943, Limited