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Vittorio De Sica

De Sica in the 1950s
Born 7 July 1901/1902
Sora, Latium, Italy
Died 13 November 1974
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Years active 1917 - 1974
Spouse(s) Giuditta Risson (1933-1968)
María Mercader (1968-1974)

Vittorio De Sica (7 July 1901 or 1902 – 13 November 1974) was an Italian director and actor, a leading figure in the neorealist movement.


Life and career

Born into poverty in Sora (province of Frosinone), near Rome, in either 1901 or 1902 (sources are divided), he began his career as a theatre actor in the early 1920s and joined Tatiana Pavlova's theatre company in 1923. In 1933 he founded his own company with his wife Giuditta Rissone and Sergio Tofano. The company performed mostly light comedies, but they also staged plays by Beaumarchais, and worked with famous directors like Luchino Visconti. His meeting with Cesare Zavattini was a very important event: together they created some of the most celebrated films of the neorealistic age, like Sciuscià (Shoeshine) and Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves, released as The Bicycle Thief in the U.S.A.), both of which De Sica directed.

De Sica is more well-known in the UK for appearing in the TV Series The Four Just Men produced by Sapphire Films and distributed by ITC Entertainment, originally broadcast in 1959.

De Sica died near Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine on 13 November 1974, aged 72 or 73.

Awards and nominations

Vittorio De Sica was given the Interfilm Grand Prix in 1971 by the Berlin Film Festival

Filmography as director


Feature Films

Short Films

  • Boccaccio '70 (1962) (segment "La riffa")
  • Le Streghe (1967) (segment "Sera come le altre, Una")
    • The Witches
  • Le Coppie (1970) (segment "Leone, Il")
    • The Couples


  • Dal referendum alla costituzione: Il 2 giugno (1971) Documentary
    • From Referendum to the Constitution: June 2
  • I Cavalieri di Malta (1971) Documentary
    • The Knights of Malta

Filmography as actor

Note: on many sources, Fontana di Trevi by Carlo Campogalliani (1960) and La pappa reale by Robert Thomas (1964) are included but de Sica does not appear in those films.

Television as actor


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