Tag Archives: Peppino De Filippo

Toto and Peppino Divided in Berlin / Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino (1962) Giorgio Bianchi, Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Nadia Sanders, Comedy

Toto and Peppino Divided in Berlin (1962)
Who but Totò could come up with a send-up of the erection of the Berlin Wall mere months after its completion? Totò and Peppino are hired by some former Nazis to pretend to be Admiral Canarinis and his assistant — wanted war criminals — but the American authorities don’t believe them and deport them to East Berlin. There, they’re captured by the Russians, who do believe them, and demand they reveal the whereabouts of American spy planes. In the always politically charged atmosphere of Italy, the film sparked controversy among Totò’s admirers on both the Left and the Right.
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Natale al campo 119 / Christmas at Camp 119 (1947) Pietro Francisci, Aldo Fabrizi, Vittorio De Sica, Peppino De Filippo, Comedy, Drama

Natale al campo 119 (Pietro Francisci, 1947)
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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