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Today in History…Actually Yesterday: Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica was born on July 7, 1901 in Lazio, Italy, into a poor family but emerging as a director in the neorealist movement.

Four of De Sica’s films have won Academy Awards, two won honorary Oscars, and two won Best Foreign Language Film Oscars.

Turner Classic Movies mentioned “Bicycle Thieves” as one of the 15 most influential films in cinema history.

De Sica was a passionate gambler, something that appears in his films.

All in all, De Sica married twice. His son of the second marriage, Christian De Sica, followed in his footsteps, becoming an actor and film director.

Photo: Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica in “Pane, Amore e” (Scandal in Sorrento) 1955.

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