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Vittorio De Sica’s

Friday, December 3 – Thursday, December 16

(1951) In a ramshackle Milanese shantytown, a baby found in a cabbage patch grows up to be Francesco Golisano’s “Totò,” whose sunny outlook -- plus the magic dove left to him by his adoptive mother-- helps the quarter’s denizens find beauty in their lives. But when oil is discovered there, is it time to fly away? De Sica’s follow-up to his international triumph BICYCLE THIEVES, MIRACLE IN MILAN was awarded the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951. New 4K DCP. Approx. 101 min.


Restored from the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna and Compass Film, in collaboration with Mediaset, Infinity, Arthur Cohn and Variety Communications at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.


“The sharp satire on the oil-greedy industrialist is handled in a broader, perhaps exaggerated manner, and pic is liberally sprinkled with intelligent humor, much of it ironic. Performances by pros and tyros alike are flawless.”

“Purest gold… The rich vein of sly compassionate humor that Charlie Chaplin and René Clair used to mine with unparalleled genius has been tapped by De Sica in Miracle in Milan.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“Stylized poetry… like nothing else De Sica ever did.”
– Pauline Kael

“A wildly imaginative tale brought to life with astonishing special effects and slapstick stunts.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker


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