Shoeshine ★★★★

Gripping story of drifting Rome kids and how the system handles them. Powerful as to the fear they face when put behind bars, and how it manipulates and changes them, ultimately leading to disaster. Director Vittorio De Sica had already experimented with kids stories in I bambini ci guardano [The Children are Watching Us] (1944) to great success, but here elevates it to another level. He had really matured as a director during the war and here we see the fruits shaped during of those troubled years.