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Miracle in Milan
Country of Production: Italy
Year : 1951
Duration: 100 min
Color: Black and White
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Subject: Cesare Zavattini
Screenplay: Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica, Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Production Company : Società Produzioni De Sica
Distribution : Enic
Photograph: Aldo Graziati
Editing by Eraldo Da Roma
Special Effects: Ned Mann
Music: Alessandro Cicognini
Set design: Guido Fiorini
Costume design: Mario Chiari
Performers and characters
Emma Gramtica as Lolotta
Francesco Golisano as Totò
Paolo Stoppa as Rappi
Guglielmo Barnabò as Mobbi
Brunella Bovo as Hedwig
Anna Carena as Marta
Alba Arnova: The statue that comes to life
Flora Cambi: The Unhappy Sweetheart
Virgilio Riento: The Sergeant of the Guards
Arturo Bragaglia as Alfredo
Erminio Spalla as Gaetano
Riccardo Bertazzolo as The athlete
Angelo Prioli as The Commander-in-Chief
Francesco Rissone as The Commander-in-Second
The film develops like a fairy tale and stars an orphaned boy who dreams of a world where "Good morning really wants to say good morning". He will end up befriending bums, he will become engaged to Hedwig and he will guide them in the finale in a piazza del Duomo crowded with garbage men to whom they will steal the brooms to fly away on horseback, to that imaginary country so desired. The scene from this "takeoff" inspired Steven Spielberg to stage kids on flying bikes in the movie E.T.
Based on the novel Totò il buono by Cesare Zavattini, Miracolo in Milano was born from the long collaboration between Zavattini and De Sica, to which other films of the neorealist period such as Umberto D., Sciuscià and Ladri di biciclette are due. The novel, published by Bompiani in 1943, after being serialized in the weekly Tempo, was the development of a three-page subject, written with four hands by Zavattini and Antonio de Curtis in 1940. Filming took place between February and June 1950. The film's working title was I poveri disturbano title which was changed following pressure from producers and some politicians who saw neorealism as a bad business card for Italy abroad. Especially because of the special effects, entrusted to American technicians, (in particular the aforementioned final flight on brooms and transparent images of the spirit of the mother and angels), the final expense splashed out at about 180 million lire, three times what bicycle thieves had cost, with a debt that would have be harassed the director-producer for several years.
Filmed in Milan, near Lambrate station, in 1950, when it went out in theaters it was received in a negative way by progressives and conservatives.
The former considered him too evangelical and comforting (in the Soviet Union its spread was prohibited); the others, on the other hand, considered it an eversive and communist-inspired film. Probably what nobody liked was the choice to have the protagonists of a film of the inopeous and partying bums. Although De Sica has claimed consistency with the works immediately preceding it, some critics have identified in the film the predomination of the Zavattiniana imprint; hence the taste for strong contrasts - particularly between the poor and the rich - surrealist influences, the detachment from neorealism in favor of fantastic realism, with obvious "references to silent cinema, burlesque, pantomime, circus, comic book and animated design." The film was awarded the Grand Prix du Festival for Best Film at the 4th Cannes Film Festival. He was later selected from the 100 Italian films to save.
On 6 and 8 November 2007, in the Teatro Municipale Valli in Reggio Emilia, the opera "Miracolo a Milano" was staged, freely based on "Miracolo a Milano" and " Totò il Buono ", with music by Giorgio Battistelli, commissioned for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the theater.