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Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica (July 7, 1901 - November 13, 1974) was an Italian neorealist director and actor.

Born into poverty in Sora (Frosinone[?]), 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: they wrote together some of the most celebrated films of the neorealistic age, like SciusciÓ[?] (Shoeshine) and Ladri di biciclette (The Bicycle Thief).

One of his best-received is La Ciociara[?] (Two Women) (1961): Sophia Loren won the Oscar for her performance, and critics widely regard the film a classic. De Sica died in Paris on November 13, 1974.

Notable films:

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