Comparing De Sica and De Seta

Vittorio De Sica and Vittorio De Seta were both Italian filmmakers active from the 1950s into the 1970s.

Vittorio De Sica and Vittorio De Seta
De Sica (left) and De Seta (right) CC BY-SA-NL Nationaal Archief

De Sica (1901-1974) was born in Sora, Italy, raised in Naples, and later lived in Paris. He began as an actor and directed his first film in 1940. De Sica is most-known for the neorealist feature film, Bicycle Thieves (1948). He had three children (Emilia (Emi), Manuel, and Christian – also an actor).

Vittorio De Sica, still from I'll Give a Million (1935)
De Sica (left) in 1935, from I’ll Give a Million

De Seta (1923-2011) was Sicilian and focused his early documentaries on southern Italy and Sardinia. He called these ten short films “The Lost World.” The Film Foundation restored them in 2019 with new 4K scans and released them on The Criterion Channel. His first feature film, Bandits of Orgosolo (1961), was based off of one of his short films about shepherds on the island of Sardinia.

Vittorio De Seta

Movies watched in 2021

These are my 20 favorite films this year. More than any other year that I can think of, the release schedule of films were really thrown off due once again to another year of COVID. Nomadland and A Quiet Place II, for example, are technically 2020 films, but they didn’t get a wide release until 2021.

Previous years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

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A more complete Varda filmography

All of the films Agnès Varda (1928-2019) directed, culled from multiple sources across the internet. Most people know her from the French New Wave classic, Cléo from 5 to 7, or Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), but Varda’s filmography extends to at least 84 unique works.

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Video clips and history of world cinema: 1938-1947

10 Years 10 Films (10Y10F) is a project to display embedded YouTube selections of cinema history. This is Decade Six of a series that gives the viewer a quick time-lapse view of how movie technology and style has developed throughout the world – one clip each year – from 1888 through 2017, starting with the foundations to see how filmmakers build or deconstruct them.

World cinema 1938-1947

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Which email subscription service should I use?

Greetings, particularly to the email subscribers of my blog. First, let this serve as a heads up that the current Google Feeburner service WILL END IN JULY, so I’ll be transferring subscribers to a new service in the next week or two.

Currently, Follow.it, Feedio, and Feedblitz are my top contenders, each with decent options available for free or less than $50/year. What do you recommend? I doubt I’ll ever have more than 100 followers, so keep that in mind. I use WordPress, too. I know there are some plugins for WordPress, but I’m not sure which are the most reliable and affordable.

If I’ve still got your attention and you haven’t been on Zepfanman.com in a while, I’ve been focusing mainly on the continuing 10 Years 10 Films project, since 2017! It’s been an eye-opening journey working through world film history, one decade at a time, starting in 1888. I was also inspired to produce a “What Is the Bible?” series last year, from a Christian-turned-atheist’s perspective. In music news, I got my Last.fm stats up and going again last summer, so you can see what I’ve been “scrobbling” lately.

Thanks for tuning in. Expect Part 6 of 10 Years 10 Films in July!