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Vittorio de Sica - Tu, solamente tu (1939)

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Vittorio de Sica - Tu, solamente tu (You, Only You) Slow-melodico dal Film “Napoli che non muore” (from film: Naples, that does not die), Columbia 1939 (Italy)

NOTE: Vittorio de Sica (1901-1974) was an Italian actor and film director, representing the Italian neo-realism in history of the European cinema. In the 1930s he also recorded many popular Italian hits. He grew up in Naples where he worked as an office clerk. He was fascinated with acting and in 1923 he joined a stage company and started performing on stage. Handsome, full of the Southern Italian humor he became by the late 1920s a matinee idol of the Italian theatre, and repeated that achievement in Italian movies, mostly light comedies; also his recordings of popular Italian hits were well sold in high numbers. In 1940, de Sica turned to directing, making comedies in a similar vein, but with his fifth film “I bambini ci guardano” (Children Are Looking at Us; 1944) he revealed unsuspected depths and an extraordinarily sensitive touch with actors, especially children. It was also the first film he made with the writer Cesare Zavattini with whom he would subsequently make Sciuscià; 1946 and Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves; 1948), heartbreaking studies of poverty in postwar Italy which won special Oscars before the foreign film category was officially established. The comedy Ieri, oggi domani (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow; 1963) won him another Oscar. In 1970, shortly before his death de Sica made one more great movie Il giardino dei Finzi Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis; 1970) which won him the third Oscar. De Sica’s last movie was Una breve vacanza (A Brief Vacation, 1973). He died in 1974 following his lung operation.

The slideshow for this movie are several Italian high-fashion models and tourist posters from the turn of the 1930s /40s.

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