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Director Vittorio De Sica

  • Bicycle Thieves [DVD] Bicycle Thieves | DVD | (30/01/2017) from £7.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Heralded as the greatest film ever made on release, winning an Oscar in 1949 and topping the Sight & Sound film poll in 1952, De Sica s seminal work of Italian neorealism has had an impact on cinema worldwide from release to the present day, with filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray and Ken Loach claiming the film as a direct influence on their own. Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come, until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle. Bicycle Thieves is as much about the position of Italians in post-War, post-Fascist Italy as the relationship between father and son, told through the labyrinth of the cinematic city with De Sica s arresting visual poetry. Defining neorealism, a small period of filmmaking that focused on simple, humanist stories, Bicycle Thieves was one of the most captivating and moving.

  • Miracle In Milan [1950] Miracle In Milan | DVD | (20/02/2006) from £4.55  |  Saving you £11.44 (71.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Vittorio De Sica's (Bicycle Thieves) award-winning masterpiece Miracle in Milan is one of the watershed films of the Italian cinema renaissance. Once upon a time an old woman discovered a young child in her cabbage patch. She cared for him until her death at which time the boy was placed into an orphanage. When the child is released from the orphanage he inspires shantytown squatters to improve their huts and enjoy the world. But as they begin to rebuild the squat

  • Sunflower Sunflower | DVD | (02/07/2007) from £7.42  |  Saving you £2.57 (25.70%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The was the first Italian feature film shot in Moscow. It was directed by the renowned Vittorio De Sica and produced by Carlo Ponti. Sophia Loren stars as Giovanna an Italian woman who marries Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni) 12 days before the outbreak of World War II. Antonio has no desire to fight in the conflict. He fakes insanity to try to avoid the draft but officials see through the charade. Antonio is sent to the Russian front where the soldiers are plagued by freezing temperatures and short supplies of rations. He is found half-dead in the cold by a Russian peasant girl Mascia (Lyudmila Savelyeva). She takes him in and eventually they marry. Giovanna waits in vain for word on the fate of her husband who is officially declared missing in action. She goes to Russia to try to find him searching records and cemeteries. Finally she discovers first his new wife then him and reluctantly decides not to fight the situation. Returning home to Italy she marries an older factory worker Ettore (Germano Longo) and they have a son (who is played by the real-life son of Ponti and Loren). Antonio still longs for Giovanna and he returns to Italy to discuss a reconciliation with her.

  • The Witches [Blu-ray] The Witches | Blu Ray | (08/01/2018) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Witches In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch. Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books. Features: Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original Italian mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas Interview with actor Ninetto Davoli, recorded exclusively for this release English-language version of Vittorio De Sica s episode, An Evening Like the Others, starring Clint Eastwood Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone and Kat Ellinger

  • Two Women aka La Ciociara (Blu-ray) [DVD] Two Women aka La Ciociara (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/10/2016) from £7.49  |  Saving you £12.24 (61.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

  • Sunflower DVD Sunflower DVD | DVD | (09/02/2015) from £5.39  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    A heart-felt drama directed by Vittorio De Sica (BICYCLE THIEVES) - the filmmaking trio De Sica Loren and Mastroianni - who remain to-date the undisputed Italian film royalty - became the most successful film team in Italy with their films bringing home Oscars and or Cannes Awards as well as fame and fortune around the world. Here they are a the very top of their game with Loren and Mastroianni as the newly-wed lovers torn apart by War who never give up on one another despite almost impossible odds. Mastroianni is the soldier left to die in the howling snows of a frozen Russian winter and LOREN his young bride who fights all the odds of post war Russia to find the man she said she would never leave! SUNFLOWER was produced by Carlo Ponti (DOCTOR ZHIVAGO BLOW UP LA STRADA A SPECIAL DAY) with Joseph Levine: it has in fact a lot of Zhivago connotations and similar wide vista production values. Interestingly SUNFLOWERS was the 1st 'westerner' film shot in Russia - and Ukraine - about a world torn apart by war ..! SUNFLOWER has the potential to cross over from world cinema art house into familyviewing drama because like Zhivago this English-speaking film is an intense life-affirming drama of love lost and found set against a war background. Bonus Features: Sophia Yesterday Today Tomorrow Documentary (54 min) exclusive documentary SOPHIA YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW is an exclusive candid personal interview with Loren it includes never before seen footage of Loren's life & features her family and many close friends such as Woody Allen Giorgio Armani .. Photo Gallery from the film and documentary Argent Trailer Park

  • Bicycle Thieves [Blu-ray] Bicycle Thieves | Blu Ray | (19/05/2014) from £11.75  |  Saving you £8.24 (41.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Heralded as the greatest film ever made on release winning an Oscar in 1949 and topping the Sight and Sound film poll in 1952 De Sica's seminal work of Italian neorealism has had an impact on cinema worldwide from release to the present day with filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray and Ken Loach claiming the film as a direct influence on their own. Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle. Bicycle Thieves is as much about the position of Italians in post-War post-Fascist Italy as the relationship between father and son told through the labyrinth of the cinematic city with De Sica's arresting visual poetry. Defining neorealism a small period of filmmaking that focused on simple humanist stories Bicycle Thieves was one of the most captivating and moving. Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica's masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Special Features: Brand new restored high definition digital transfer of the film Newly translated and more complete optional English subtitles Feature length audio commentary by Italian Cinema expert Robert Gordon author of BFI Modern Classics 'Bicycle Thieves' 'Cesare Zavattini' a feature length documentary by director Carlo Lizzani on the great screenwriter novelist critic long time De Sica collaborator and founder of Italian neorealism 'Timeless Cinema' a documentary portrait of director actor and screenwriter Vittorio De Sica Original trailer advertising De Sica's films featuring Bicycle Thieves star Lamberto Maggiorani and Francesco Golisano presenting Miracle in Milan Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Samuel Webster Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Brooke Cesare Zavattini's essay Some Ideas on the Cinema appreciation for Bicycle Thieves contemporary reviews and a note on the film by Vittorio De Sica from the original UK press book illustrated with original stills and lobby cards

  • Two Women aka La Ciociara [DVD] Two Women aka La Ciociara | DVD | (24/10/2016) from £6.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (60.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • Bicycle Thieves Bicycle Thieves | DVD | (20/02/2006) from £6.99  |  Saving you £5.53 (30.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The recipient of much international acclaim Vittorio de Sica's Italian Neorealist masterwork Ladri Di Biciclette (US title: The Bicycle Thief) finally makes its way to DVD. After nearly two years of unemployment Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) finally finds work posting bills. But he needs a bicycle to do the job. Unfortunately he was forced to pawn his own bicycle long ago. In a humbling tragic scene Antonio exchanges his family's linen for his bicycl

  • After The Fox [1966] After The Fox | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £5.95  |  Saving you £9.20 (57.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Aldo Vanucci (Sellers) also known as 'The Fox' is one of the greatest criminals in the world and master of disguise. After Aldo escaping from his Italian prison he plans to retrieve the ""gold of Cairo"" a large shipment of bullion. Devising the perfect plan after finding the ideal coastal village to unload the shipment Aldo poses as a famous director and persuades the entire population that he has chosen their village as the set for his new movie...

  • Marriage Italian Style (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] Marriage Italian Style (Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (10/07/2017) from £10.59  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Rich shop owner Don Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) meets 17-year old Filumena Maturano (Sophia Loren) in a Naples brothel during a Second World War air raid. He rescues her, sets her up as his mistress, and over the years exploits her ... She loves him dearly but is disillusioned when she finds he is having an affair with the shop's young cashier. To win him back, she stages her own death! and when this doesn't work, she admits that she's the mother of three sons, one of whom is Domenico's; but she refuses to say which one! At long last he gives in and they finally get married. Loren gets her man! Extras: TWO SPECIAL DOCUMENTARIES: Sophia, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: a candid, intimate interview with Sophia Loren, with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others Vittorio D: Tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of Cinema history. With interviews with Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh etc Separate Italian audio with new improved subtitles Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren Exclusive Documentary on Vittorio De Sica

  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (21/08/2017) from £13.79  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    This is the film which features the - literally - epoch-making, iconic, striptease by Sophia Loren! Presented for the very 1st time in its English spoken version (also optional original Italian with revised subtiles) for the 1st time restored in its longer original version from new HD materials with faithful filmic look. Director DeSica (Two Women, Umberto D, Bicycle Thieves) tells three rambunctious stories celebrating beautiful women (all played by Loren) and suave Latin lovers (all played by Mastroianni), his joyous YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW made La Dolce Vita, the sweet-life, attainable for all - less cerebral than Fellini.. and more fun! Time to get on our scooters and go Ciao Bella! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with of Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others Vittorio D: Tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of Cinema history. With participations from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh,etc

  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (DVD) Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (DVD) | DVD | (21/08/2017) from £11.04  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    This is the film which features the - literally - epoch-making, iconic, striptease by Sophia Loren! Presented for the very 1st time in its English spoken version (also optional original Italian with revised subtiles) for the 1st time restored in its longer original version from new HD materials with faithful filmic look. Director DeSica (Two Women, Umberto D, Bicycle Thieves) tells three rambunctious stories celebrating beautiful women (all played by Loren) and suave Latin lovers (all played by Mastroianni), his joyous YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW made La Dolce Vita, the sweet-life, attainable for all - less cerebral than Fellini.. and more fun! Time to get on our scooters and go Ciao Bella! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with of Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others Vittorio D: Tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of Cinema history. With participations from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh,etc

  • The Bicycle Thieves [DVD] [1948] The Bicycle Thieves | DVD | (12/04/2010) from £5.07  |  Saving you £7.50 (46.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The recipient of much international acclaim Vittorio de Sica's Italian Neorealist masterwork Ladri Di Biciclette (US title: The Bicycle Thief) finally makes its way to DVD. After nearly two years of unemployment Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) finally finds work posting bills. But he needs a bicycle to do the job. Unfortunately he was forced to pawn his own bicycle long ago. In a humbling tragic scene Antonio exchanges his family's linen for his bicycle. But when the bike is stolen on his first day of work he must comb the streets of Rome in search of the bike: his family's only means to survival. Shot on location in Rome and using non-actors as a means of heightening the reality of the film Ladri Di Biciclette received the Honorary Award for Best Foreign Film at the 1950 Oscars.

  • Boccaccio 70 [DVD] Boccaccio 70 | DVD | (26/06/2017) from £6.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Inspired by The Decameron, World-Cinema greatests, Fellini, Visconti and De Sica lend their extraordinary talents to make these slice-of-life stories revolving around the sex games of the middle class. Working-class lovers marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous suitor make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, albeit not always successfully ! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with Sophia Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others New HD material, finally doing justice to the filmmaker's original vision New improved subtitles Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren

  • The Witches [DVD] The Witches | DVD | (08/01/2018) from £11.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Witches In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch. Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books. Features: Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release Standard Definition presentation Original Italian mono audio Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas Interview with actor Ninetto Davoli, recorded exclusively for this release English-language version of Vittorio De Sica s episode, An Evening Like the Others, starring Clint Eastwood Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

  • Miracle In Milan [Blu-ray] Miracle In Milan | Blu Ray | (25/05/2015) from £8.59  |  Saving you £11.40 (57.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    After his earth shattering Bicycle Thieves Vittorio De Sica and long time screenwriter Cesare Zavattini turned their neo-realist ideas to something much more like a fable yet retaining the core ideas behind the revolutionary cinema movement. Miracle in Milan went on to wow critics and audiences winning the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1951. Always in the shadow of the ever more popular Bicycle Thieves this largely unsung masterpiece tends toward magic realism to imagine a place where society’s most downtrodden can find purchase and possible escape from misery. Set within a fantastically theatrical shantytown Miracle in Milan constructs an alternate world from De Sica and Zavattini’s fascination with marginalised perspectives. The unusual use of deliberate artifice and spectacle rekindles the Meliesian magical aura of early cinema. Arrow Academy is pleased to present De Sica’s classic along with his 1956 neo-realist film Il Tetto also written by Zavattini in this special edition.

  • Boccaccio 70' (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] Boccaccio 70' (Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (26/06/2017) from £7.39  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Inspired by The Decameron, World-Cinema greatests, Fellini, Visconti and De Sica lend their extraordinary talents to make these slice-of-life stories revolving around the sex games of the middle class. Working-class lovers marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous suitor make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, albeit not always successfully ! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with Sophia Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others New HD material, finally doing justice to the filmmaker's original vision New improved subtitles Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren

  • Peter Sellers Collection - Pink Panther/What's New Pussycat?/The Party/Casino Royale/After The Fox/The World Of Henry Orien Peter Sellers Collection - Pink Panther/What's New Pussycat?/The Party/Casino Royale/After The Fox/The World Of Henry Orien | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £16.99  |  Saving you £1.68 (9.00%)  |  RRP £18.67

    Whats New Pussycat (Dir. Clive Donner 1965): O'Toole stars as a fashion editor in Paris who is constantly surrounded by beautiful women - a leggy American stripper a blonde daredevil and a neurotic nymphomaniac. The problem is that they all find him irresistable which makes it almost impossible for O'Toole to settle down with his marriage-minded girlfriend. Woody Allen makes his film debut as O'Toole's sex-starved friend who would kill to have such problems! Peter Sellers in a dazzlingly demented performance plays a famed psychotherapist who is crazier than his patients. Combining satire slapstick and good old-fashioned sex appeal Woody Allen's wildly original script pokes fun at everything from Freud to Fellini culminating in one of the most outrageous finales ever filmed! The Party (Dir. Blake Edwards 1968): Hollywood mogul Fred Clutterbuck isn't just giving a party he's giving 'The Party'. Absolutely everyone who's anyone will be there: gorgeous models ravishing starlets powerful producers - even a baby elephant! And by mistaken invitation accident-prone Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) will be there too. He wouldn't miss it for the world and if you enjoy side-splitting gags neither should you! Casino Royale (Dir. Val Guest 1967: Things are looking decidedly bleak for British Intelligence in both senses of the term. SMERSH has begun to sabotage global stability no less than 11 agents have been lost and to make matters worse our greatest secret agent 007 is languishing in stately retirement. M - together with the heads of the CIA and KGB - have only one hope: to bring Sir James Bond (David Niven) out of retirement and into the field. Finding himself pitched against an opposition of fiendish intensity - an array of female secret agents armed with explosive grouse; a baccarat-playing illusionist (Orson Welles) and a neurotic megalomaniac (Woody Allen) - Bond launches his brilliant plan... After the Fox (Dir. Vittorio De Sica 1966): Millions of dollars worth of gold bullion is on its way from Cairo to an unknown Italian destination. There is only one criminal mastermind capable of stealing it: Aldo Vanucci (Peter Sellers) also known as ""the Fox."" Aldo devises the perfect plan to seize the gold: Posing as a flamboyant film director he casts an aging egotistical film star (Victor Mature) and his own voluptuous sister (Britt Ekland) in a fake film about a gold theft! But the action really heats up when the boat with the real gold arrives. The World of Henry Orient (Dir. George Roy Hill 1964): Two starry-eyed schoolgirls spy stalk and scheme their way into the life of a concert pianist (Sellers) in this ""wacky piece of inspired lunacy"" (The Hollywood Reporter). With half of New York - including a bevy of befuddled cops and one man-hungry mom - in tow these precocious teens do all they can to keep tabs on their harried hero turning The World Of Henry Orient entirely upside down! Pink Panther (Dir. Blake Edwards 1963): When the famous Pink Panther diamond goes missing the bumbling Inspector Clouseau goes on the trail of notorious jewel thief The Phantom but looks everywhere except in the right place!

  • The Garden of the Finzi Contini [DVD] The Garden of the Finzi Contini | DVD | (08/08/2011) from £6.95  |  Saving you £13.04 (65.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The celebrated director of neoreliast masterpieces including Bicycle Thieves and Shoeshine Vittorio De Sica once again stuck gold in 1970. After ten years of trying he finally adapted Giorgio Bassani's celebrated novel to great acclaim and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Set at the outbreak of War De Sica's film tells the story of the Finzi-Continis an aristocratic Jewish family protected by the walls of their idyllic estate. Whilst outside Mussolini bans Jews from tennis courts the Finzi-Continis are not worried as they rally on their own living in their dreamland. Giorgio (Lino Capolicchio) is the middle-class Jew in love with his childhood friend Micol (Dominique Sanda) of the Finzi-Contini family but she is in love with a gentile and wanting of experiences outlawed by the new government. With Giorgio's separation of Micol De Sica tracks the loss of an idyllic way of life from the tennis courts to the waiting rooms where Jews await transportation to the concentration camps. Arrow Academy presents Vittorio De Sica's autumnal masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi Contini on DVD for the first time in the UK.

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