Heroes — Vittorio de Sica


Vittorio de Sica, shown above with one of the stars of Umberto D.

My favorite Vittorio de Sica films are: Ladri di biciclette (The Bicycle Thief), Umberto D., and Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis).

Here are posters from two of them:

This post, continuing a series of seven, is unabashed hero worship. A few years ago, making up an earlier version of this page, I decided that among all the filmmakers I’ve liked, there were seven who really especially blow me away.

I’ve had time to think since, and haven’t changed my mind. There are plenty of “honorable mentions” I love, but there are seven who are extra special and this is one of them.

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