Shoeshine ( , from Neapolitan pronunciation of the English) is a 1946 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Sometimes regarded as his first masterpiece, the film follows two shoeshine boys who get into trouble with the police after trying to find the money to buy a horse.
Two friends, Giuseppe Filippucci and Pasquale Maggi, test-ride horses. Though they are saving to purchase a horse, it is difficult for them to afford one, as they are only living off their income from shining shoes in the streets of Rome.
|author||Adolfo Franci Cesare Giulio Viola Cesare Zavattini Sergio Amidei|
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|director||Vittorio De Sica|
|keywords||beat blanket con men escape plan fence flog fortune teller handling stolen goods hear horse juvenile detention juvenile detention center lira money older brother police chief question rid rock rome sale scream steal stolen goods think|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|publisher||Lopert Pictures Corporation|
|theme||coming-of-age police prison|