DIRECTOR: VITTORIO DE SICA
CAST: FRANCO INTERLENGHI, RINALDO SMORDONI, ANNIELO MELE
WORLD SERIES 1947 NEWSREEL
1947 / 4mins
The New York Yankees vs. The Brooklyn Dodgers, featuring Jackie Robinson
1947 / 7mins / 35mm
Winner, Short Subject (Cartoon)
“If people cannot feel Shoeshine, what can they feel?” Pauline Kael once asked when recalling her tear-blurred first encounter with De Sica’s wrenching drama, a game-changing neorealist text from De Sica and screenwriter/ theorist Cesare Zavattini, about two boys scraping out an existence in devastated post-WWII Italy by shining the shoes of American G.I.’s, only allowed to be truly young when they can manage to afford an hour of horseback riding. The first international film recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, celebrated as a product of “a country scarred by war” that offered “proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity.” The film’s Special Award in 1948 was a precursor to Italy’s impressive run in the competitive Best Foreign Language Film category created in 1956, going on to score more wins than any other country.
35mm print courtesy of the Blackhawk Film Collection at the Academy Film Archive.