Miracle In Milan details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Guglielmo Barnabo, Brunella Bovo|
|Director:||Vittorio De Sica|
|Genres:||Drama - Gay/Lesbian, Romantic, World Cinema - French|
Miracle In Milan
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Feb 2006|
|Main languages:||Italian, English|
Most helpful review
Charming fantasyBy Paul Thompson from King's Lynn, Norfolk , 18 Mar 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Made between Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D, this is de Sica's and Zavattini's fantasist film to contrast with their realist classics. Newly released on DVD, the extras are rather disappointing (a couple of interviews with a couple of lesser stars of the film) but the film itself stands up well. It tells the story of a foundling who is something of an ingenue after he comes out of the orphanage he was put in as a boy; he finds himself in with a group of tramps and down-and-outs on the wasteland outskirts of the city but his guardian angel helps him when the money men try to take over the area after oil is discovered.
The film is, in some senses, quite silly; but it gets away with it through sheer charm and the playing of the cast. I suppose it was all meant to be an allegory of capitalists against the workers or something; but it works much better now as a light fantasy piece. Enjoyable and pleasing.
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Milan meets SpringfieldBy a customer , 23 Mar 2013I loved the post war setting of this film and the images of the wastelands of poverty around the great cathedral of Milan. The fantasy ambushed the realism for me but a great film.
Ultimate feel-good movieBy sabre17 (4 reviews) , 15 Dec 2012I grew up on It's a Wonderful Life and other Hollywood classics, and am only a relative newcomer to European cinema. This film made me wonder what I've been doing with my life. It was oddly emotional to watch: almost like watching Mary Poppins for the first time as a child, or going to the theatre at Christmas. There is something about the way Zavattini and de Sica, the masters of Italian neo-realism, approach an entirely surreal plot, that really got to me. Their world feels almost too real, and their characters a mixture of unforgiveable and unbelieveable, but everything is also in bold colour (for a black and white film). And it squeezes a whole lot of plot in: the triumphant mood begins very early on, which I think is partly why watching it is such a bizarrely emotional experience. As for this blu-ray edition: beautiful, and great extras and interviews for all of you film nerds (always worth watching). Too saccharine for modern audiences, and too comic in its approach to some fairly serious social issues? Probably. But I'd forgive this film anything.
Italian fairy storyBy a customer , 10 Nov 2012A lovely sweet romantic Italian film from 1951 - like a fairy story. I loved the references to Charlie Chaplin.
a fairy taleBy antonellarussoball (5 reviews) from London , 16 Feb 2010a film on positivity- quite naive, yet charming, showing both the caring and greedy sides of human nature.......
Miracle In MilanBy lindidoodle (1 review) from Wemyss Bay , 15 Sep 2009A charming and entirely watchable film!You forget that it's in Italian , i love Italian, but what i mean is that it's so engaging and uses strong visual ''language'' to convey the story.I love the part where the people are freezing cold,then a ray of sunlight appears and they all try squash into the small area to try to get warm.A funny and touching film.It's a shame they don't make 'em like that anymore!