I'm very happy with this release, beacause my Spanish print of Rovere was of course, cutten in Franco's times, and they sell us the same cut rubbish as before. Stromboli is here on DVD but with very poor image. I burned it from the library untill some foreign company ¿¿¿ criterion??? will release it. I paid 9 euros for the Spanish Europa 51 dvd, so, come on guys, give us more Roberto !
Vittorio de Sica as an actor is charming. I've seen lots of his films without subtitles. It's easy to find them in Italian because he was very popular as actor. Not as national icon as Sordi or Tote were, but well remembered. From the 30's, he's perfect as young "galán" in Gli uomini, che mascalzoni; Daro un millone, or specially in Il signor Max, a masterpiece of comedy "telefoni bianchi" that was their speciality in the 30's when Mussolini had the power.
In The 50's he bacame a middle agged "galán" How is galán in English, or French, or Italian? Sorry, I don't know, and he became the star of PINK NEORREALISM in films that I LOVE such us The sign of Venus, Bread, love and fantasy (with 2 sequels in Italy and one in Spain).
This film does indeed show what a talented actor de Sica was, and it is too bad he became typecast as the stereotypical latin seductor or old roué, a part he played in so many bad Italian comedies. It even came to a point where he did not even have to act and could just let his mere presence and screen persona do the work and earn him his paycheck (much as Orson Welles often did), which means many people don't fully know him as an actor.
In Ophüls Madame de... he plays a variant of the romantic "other man" character, but there he puts his art and heart in it.