Giovanni used to be a humble, mild-mannered government clerk whose life was turned upside down when he met Giulio, a notorious forger who at once set about manipulating the over-confident man. Read More »
Tag Archives: Aldo Fabrizi
Parigi è sempre Parigi / Paris is Always Paris (1951) Luciano Emmer, Aldo Fabrizi, Henri Guisol, Ave Ninchi, Comedy
Parigi e Sempre Parigi (Paris is Always Paris) was the second feature-length effort from famed Italian documentary director Luciano Emmer. Read More »
Vivere in pace / To Live in Peace (1947) Luigi Zampa, Aldo Fabrizi, Joseph Garland Moore Jr., Mirella Monti, Drama, War, Comedy
The peaceful, almost idyllic life of an Italian village is interrupted during the war by the appearance of two American soldiers who keep hiding in the house of one of the villagers. Read More »
Guardia, guardia scelta, brigadiere e maresciallo (1956) Mauro Bolognini, Alberto Sordi, Peppino De Filippo, Aldo Fabrizi, Comedy
This is the (funny) story of four agents of Roma traffic police in the ’50s. Their life are crossed in affairs that often retire from mere job relationships. Read More »
Altri tempi / Times Gone By (1952) Alessandro Blasetti, Aldo Fabrizi, Mario Riva, Enzo Staiola, Comedy, Drama, Music
The mood is set with the opening with excerpts from the Excelsior Ball, a famous ballet at the turn of the century that heralded the advances of the upcoming century Read More »
Natale al campo 119 / Christmas at Camp 119 (1947) Pietro Francisci, Aldo Fabrizi, Vittorio De Sica, Peppino De Filippo, Comedy, Drama
Second World War. Field 119 in California (USA). War is long over, but the Italian prisoners are still waiting to return home, preparing to celebrate away from their families, another sad Christmas. To give some vent to their nostalgia, there are family stories of their lives. A Roman tells of her difficult marriage. A Neapolitan soldier tells his lieutenant, a Neapolitan duke penniless. Meanwhile, the camp commander gave the prisoners a gramophone and, thus, the stories are interwoven songs. Another soldier recalls the parties and the songs of the Sicilian spring, while a Venetian gondolier recalls his love affair. Sometimes, the battered radio listening to news from abroad and Italy. Finally, one day, he comes the wait liberation and they go back home.
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L’ultima carrozzella / The Last Wagon (1943) Mario Mattoli, Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Anita Durante, Comedy
The roman coachman Totò doesn’t want his coach being replaced by cars and doesn’t want his daughter Nannarella to go out with the taxi driver Roberto. But it is Roberto who saves him when he gets into trouble.
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Francesco, giullare di Dio / The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) Roberto Rossellini, Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Biography, History, Drama
The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers – starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their Rule and ending with their dispersal to preach. The unconnected chapters are like parables, some with a moral. The slight and comic Ginepro returns naked to St. Mary’s of the Angels, having given away his tunic, but not his ricotta. The aged Giovanni shouts and holds onto his cape; the beatific St. Clair pays a visit. Humble Francis doubts his leadership, hugs a leper, and sends his brothers spinning, dizzy, and smiling into the world. This brotherhood is infused with whimsy as well as belief.
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