A meek book-keeper (Vittorio) brings on his squallid life, which is interrupetd when he becomes friend with a policeman (Sauro). Read More »
Tag Archives: Nino Manfredi
Paul and Mary are two elementary teachers, who love each other, but can not have a child. Read More »
Nando is employed by a large company. Life takes place in the home, where he lives with his sister, and the office, where he does a job that leaves him totally dissatisfied. Read More »
Paolo Anselmi is a happily single man. He lives in a flat with a friend but is forced to leave when the friend gets married. Read More »
In this intellectual drama, Ras (Eli Wallach) is a ruler or dictator who, somewhat like the Biblical King David, covets another man’s wife as his own. Read More »
Portrait of a Nude Woman (1981) Nino Manfredi, Alberto Lattuada, Eleonora Giorgi, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Comedy, Romance
Sandro is a Roman adrift in Venice during Carnival. As he enters midlife, he argues with his wife of sixteen years more often than they laugh or make love. 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 »
In nome del Papa Re / In the Name of the Pope King (1977) Luigi Magni, Nino Manfredi, Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta, Drama, History, Romance
In 1867, with Garibaldi’s forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign Read More »
Operazione San Gennaro / Treasure of San Gennaro (1966) Dino Risi, Nino Manfredi, Senta Berger, Mario Adorf, Comedy, Crime
In the greatest city of the world someone wants to steal the San Gennaro’s treasure. Dudu (Nino Manfredi) boss of “La Sanità” (a popular quarter of Naples) is taking time to make the right choice: can they succeed? Read More »
I complessi / Complexes (1965) Luigi Filippo D’Amico, Dino Risi, Nino Manfredi, Ilaria Occhini, Riccardo Garrone, Comedy
In the first episode, Quirino tries to conquer Gabriella, lover of Alvaro, with the complexity of shyness. 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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El verdugo / The Executioner (1963) Luis García Berlanga, Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert, Drama, Comedy
The history starts with the main character (an old executioner in the Spain of early 60’s) approaching retirement age. As his profession is not exactly what you could call “popular”, he (a very gentle and nice man, caring, and proud of traditions) begins to worry about who might take his place when he retires. He has a daughter, but, unfortunately, she seems doomed to perpetual “spinsterhood”: as soon as any prospective groom learns about her dad and her dad’s “trade”, he runs away from her, scared. A sad life… However, a new character enters: the local undertaker, a handsome and young man who has exactly the same problem… No girl wants him given his profession. So, you have the woman whom almost nobody would marry and the man whom almost nobody would marry. Obviously, they are meant for each other. But here the old executioner has something to say: He does not object to her daughter marrying the young undertaker; he seems a decent man, and all that…
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A classic Risi of the late 60s. This time his biting humor doesn’t deal with social or political issues but seven situations leaning on absurdity.
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La parmigiana / The Girl from Parma (1963) Antonio Pietrangeli, Nino Manfredi, Catherine Spaak, Didi Perego, Comedy
Dora, driven away from her town by malicious gossip following her first love affair, has a series of short-lived adventures until she falls in love with Nino, a small time crook. In Parma, a police officer courts her but she keeps thinking of Nino and makes up her mind to join him. But he has found a new lover.
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Straziami, ma di baci saziami / Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses (1968) Dino Risi, Nino Manfredi, Ugo Tognazzi, Pamela Tiffin, Comedy
A romance between a young woman factory worker and a barber is stopped when her parents raise protests over her relationship with the man. When rumors of the romance run rampant in the small town, she leaves for Rome. She takes a job as an assistant to a deaf-mute tailor and eventually accepts his proposal of marriage. The barber attempts suicide and is hospitalized. His depression is cured when he wins the lottery and he travels to Rome to reclaim his old love. They rekindle their romance and plan the demise of her husband by planting a bomb in the stove….
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