In post WWII Italy, Giuseppe and Pasquale work on the street shining the shoes of American troops. But when the boys are falsely accused of a crime, they are sent to a brutal state juvenile detention center. This film by Vittorio de Sica is extensively restored and re-mastered.
Rinaldo Smordoni,Franco Interlenghi,Aniello Mele
Masterfully capturing the realism of post WWII Italy, Academy Award-winning director Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves) depicts the lives of two boys entrenched in a world of poverty and violence. Hoping to escape the harsh reality of life on the streets of Rome, Giuseppe and Pasquale spend their days shining the shoes of American troops for tips. But after the boys are sent to a brutal state juvenile detention center for a crime they didn't commit, their lives are changed forever.