Flashback #1: “Ladri di biciclette”

Flashback #1: “Ladri di biciclette”

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The great Italian neorealism passes through here. The year is 1946, first edition of the Festival. Among the 15 movies in program, there is also Roma città aperta. At the award ceremony the Jury — there is also a 25-years-old Alida Valli — ignores it, just like it will do the very next year with Paisà. Only on the third attempt, with Germania anno zero, in 1948, Roberto Rossellini is awarded with the Grand Prix. It is the same year in which Vittorio De Sica's Ladri di biciclette only wins the Special prize of the jury, raising discontent and protests.

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