The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Miracle in Milan

From Janus Films comes a new 4K restoration of Vittorio De Sica’s Miracle In Milan for its 70th Anniversary.

Vittorio De Sica’s follow-up to his international triumph Bicycle Thieves is an enchanting neorealist fairy tale that combines his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy. On the outskirts of Milan, a band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy land developers.

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.

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“This satire on the cravings of rich and poor alike is also a cry of despair; De Sica’s celestial visions suggest that nothing short of a miracle will save those in need.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“The rich vein of sly, compassionate humor that Charlie Chaplin and Rene Clair used to mine with unparalleled genius when they were turning out their best satiric films, has been tapped by Vittorio De Sica in his Miracle in Milan, the widely proclaimed Italian picture that arrived at the World yesterday.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times, 1951

“I have been asked how and why I made Miracle in Milan. I cannot give a precise answer, however much I ransack my memory in search of the state of mind that preceded the birth of this film and that accomplished its laborious realization. . . .But, from the stylistic point of view, Miracle in Milan opened up new paths for me. Its content is humanist, but its inspiration, the climate in which the characters evolve their way of thinking and behaving, and their very fate itself, is more closely related to the legends of the North, to [Hans Christian] Andersen, for example, than to the reality of our present-day Latin world. . . .This is a fable, slightly wistful perhaps, but quietly optimistic within its poetic framework, if I may be allowed to give it such a name. Men and angels are to be found here, living on good terms together.” – Vittorio De Sica, 1968