Review: ‘Sciuscia’

With the shoeshine boys of Rome's streets as background, this film is a preachment on Italian juvenile delinquency. Producers used real shoeshine boys and the absence of experienced actors works out okay. Scenes in Rome's jail emphasize the need for drastic reforms there.

With the shoeshine boys of Rome’s streets as background, this film is a preachment on Italian juvenile delinquency. Producers used real shoeshine boys and the absence of experienced actors works out okay. Scenes in Rome’s jail emphasize the need for drastic reforms there.

Two bootblacks are the principal characters, the film showing their change from honest lads into bitter juvenile gangsters. Paolo W. Tamburella, producer, and Vittoria De Sica, director, deserve bulk of praise for this.

Sciuscia

Italy

Production

Alfa. Director Vittorio De Sica; Producer Paolo W. Tamburella; Screenplay Cesare Zavattini, Cesare Giulio Viola, Sergio Amidei, Adolfo Franci, Vittorio De Sica; Camera Anchise Brizzi; Music Alessandro Cicognini

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Rinaldo Smordoni Franco Interlenghi Carlo Ortensi Aniello Mele Emilio Cigoli
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