Vittorio De Sica’s 1951 follow-up to The Bicycle Thief welds a Rene Clair-inspired social fantasy to the precepts of neorealism. Based on a novel by Cesare Zavattini, the film tells of the fight between a band of shantytown poor and the industrialist who wants to explore for oil beneath their village. The leader of the revolutionaries is a visionary young man armed only with his ideals and, for a while, a magic dove. Though the fight proves hopeless, they all fly off on broomsticks to a better life—implying that magic is the only means of rectifying social ills. 100 min.