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Vittorio De Sica

[duh see-kuh; It. de see-kah]

(born July 7, 1902, Sora, Italy—died Nov. 13, 1974, Paris, France) Italian film director and actor. He joined an acting company in 1923 and soon became a matinee idol. He appeared on screen as a leading man in a series of light comedies, and he excelled in a dramatic role in Roberto Rossellini's General della Rovere (1959). He directed his first film in 1940 and, working with screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, made a major contribution to the Neorealism of the postwar Italian cinema with Shoeshine (1946, Academy Award) and The Bicycle Thief (1948, Academy Award). His later films include Umberto D. (1952), Two Women (1961), Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963, Academy Award), and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971, Academy Award).

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(born July 7, 1902, Sora, Italy—died Nov. 13, 1974, Paris, France) Italian film director and actor. He joined an acting company in 1923 and soon became a matinee idol. He appeared on screen as a leading man in a series of light comedies, and he excelled in a dramatic role in Roberto Rossellini's General della Rovere (1959). He directed his first film in 1940 and, working with screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, made a major contribution to the Neorealism of the postwar Italian cinema with Shoeshine (1946, Academy Award) and The Bicycle Thief (1948, Academy Award). His later films include Umberto D. (1952), Two Women (1961), Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963, Academy Award), and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971, Academy Award).

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Protagonistas de la Música was a Spanish reality television program taped in Miami, where various participants competed to win a recording contract with Sony Records. Based on the Protagonistas... franchise, it aired from October 2002 to January 2003. It is unknown if a second version of the show will be aired.

The show pitted several young vocalists from various Latin-American countries against each other. They were sealed inside a studio living quarters and filmed 24 hours a day. An edited version of their daily activities was broadcast each night. They spent their days attending various performance classes, and every Wednesday performed a song in the weekly prueba de talento. The loser of the prueba was a candidate for dismissal from the household, and the contestants voted to select a second candidate. The public was then asked to choose one of the two candidates to be sent home from the studio. Fourteen original protagonistas were thus whittled down to four finalistas. The winners were the Cuban Barbara Higuera and the Dominican Miguel Angel Guzman. The show was immensely popular among young Latinos, but controversial among the older audience. The show was hosted by Puerto Rican singer Carlos Ponce.

There is also a Chilean version of the show, aired in Canal 13, where the winner was Ximena Abarca. The main song was performed by Catalina Bono, winner of Protagonistas de la Fama, local version of Protagonistas de Novela.

See also: Alexis Ramos, Marger Sealey,Tania solis, Protagonistas de Novela.

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