Vittorio De Sica's Shoeshine is one of Neorealism's major works. It became historic in 1948 when it was the first film to be awarded a special Oscar and nominated for Best Script. In a war-worn Italy worn out by poverty and unemployment, we meet Giuseppe and Pasquale, two young shoeshine boys who survive thanks to their warm, strong friendship. After being arrested for a minor crime, they are locked into a youth prison with punishments by adult society, a society that has already robbed them of their childhood. In Bonniers stora filmguide the Shoeshine is called "brilliant and shaking".