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Tag Archives: Luigi Comencini
Three Nights of Love (1964) Renato Castellani, Luigi Comencini, Catherine Spaak, John Phillip Law, Renato Salvatori
Omnibus film with individual segments directed by Renato Castellani, Luigi Comencini and Franco Rossi Read More »
Behind Closed Shutters (1951) Luigi Comencini, Massimo Girotti, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Giulietta Masina
Sandra searches for her missing sister. For this, she enters the morally degraded seaside of Genoa. Read More »
The Marquise Eugenia di Maqueda, an orphan raised by the nuns, marries Raimondo Corrao, but on their wedding night she finds out that he is her brother. Read More »
In this Italian film, part melodrama and part social/political commentary, two factory workers living in Northern Italy form a romantic connection. Read More »
Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen (1976) Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy, Senta Berger, Adolfo Celi, Vittorio Gassman, Comedy
An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel. Read More »
A cavallo della tigre / On the Tigers Back (1961) Luigi Comencini, Nino Manfredi, Mario Adorf, Valeria Moriconi, Comedy, Drama
This well-acted though conventional comedy-drama by director Luigi Comencini features comic Nino Manfredi in the title role of Giacinto, a father and husband who has been driven to steal in order to survive. Read More »
Lo Scopone scientifico / Scientific Poker (1972) Luigi Comencini, Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Joseph Cotten, Comedy, Drama
An aging American millionairess journeys to Rome each year with her chauffeur George to play the card game scopone with destitute Peppino and his wife Antonia. Read More »
Tutti a casa / Everybody Go Home! (1960) Luigi Comencini, Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani, Carla Gravina, Comedy, Drama, War
In this war drama, a band of Italian soldiers, elated to hear that the war is finally over, promptly desert and head for home. Read More »
Italian Secret Service (1968) Luigi Comencini, Nino Manfredi, Françoise Prévost, Clive Revill, Comedy
Durante la seconda guerra mondiale Natalino, col nome in codice di Cappellone, salva la vita ad un agente britannico, Harrison. Venti anni dopo quando si trova in cattive acque, Natalino accetta da Harrison di compiere un’ultima missione contro i nazisti: uccidere uno di loro dietro compenso di 100.000 dollari. Ma i tempi sono cambiati e Natalino non se la sente più di uccidere, così passa l’incarico a Ottone che a sua volta lo cede all’avvocato Ramirez che a sua volta… e così via. Con tanti passaggi sembra che l’incarico non debba venir eseguito. Ma un’auto con un morto carbonizzato risolve tutto. Natalino vola a Londra, seguito dai suoi complici, per reclamare il pagamento e qua scopre che il morto era incinta… E il vero nazista che fine ha fatto? Ed era veramente un nazista?
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Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova, veneziano / Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence (1969) Luigi Comencini, Leonard Whiting, Maria Grazia Buccella, Lionel Stander, Drama, Romance, History
Through the childhood and the adolescence of Giacomo Casanova (from his memoirs), this is a description of how people live in the Venice of the 18th century: customs, habits, medicine, religion and most of all – the omnipresence of hypocrisy.
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Pane, amore e gelosia / Frisky (1954) Luigi Comencini, Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Comedy, Romance
In a small Italian village, Maria De Ritis is engaged to army Lieutenant Pietro Stelluti. Stelluti’s superior officer, Marshal Antonio Carotenuto, is contemplating marriage to Annarella Mirziano, but he will be forced to resign if he marries Annarella, since she has an illegitimate child and that is against regulations for army officers. When Stelluti leaves town for a few weeks, the town-gossips create an affair out of the innocent relationship between Maria and Antonio. Stelluti returns and accuses Maria of infidelity, and, she, in reprisal, runs off and joins a traveling theatrical troupe as a dancer. Antonio, after convincing Annarella that he has not betrayed her love, encounters more trouble when the father of Annarella’s child shows up and asks that she and the child go away with him. Antonio tells Annarella that it is her decision to make, and she chooses the child’s father and leaves with him.
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Pane, amore e fantasia / Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) Luigi Comencini, Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Comedy, Romance
Marshal Antonio Carotenuto is sent to Sagliena, an imaginary little village in the center of Italy in the ’50s, to assume his new mandate. In the village he knows Maria (Frisky) AKA ‘la Bersagliera’, secretly in love with a policeman (Carabiniere) reporting to Antonio. But also Paoletta, the priest’s nephew, loves him. Things become more complicated when Annarella, the midwife, starts demonstrating her love to Antonio. She is hiding a secret and the Marshal soon will be in a restless situation.
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L’ingorgo: Una storia impossibile / Traffic Jam (1979) Luigi Comencini, Alberto Sordi, Annie Girardot, Fernando Rey, Drama
A tremendous congestion hit the Roma highway ring. The biggest traffic jam ever seen endures for more than 36 hours. People blocked in their cars react at the beginning normally. But the more the time advance the more we are witness of personal dramas, hysteric reactions and more. All the episodes are linked like one only plot. Cars and their hosts are a microcosm of stories part of a major universe: the congestion.
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