Scandal in Sorrento
Scandal in Sorrento or Pane, amore e... is an Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi. This is the third film of the trilogy, formed by Bread and Dreams in 1953, Bread and Jealousy in 1954. Innovations include the use of color rather than black and white, as well the location of Sorrento instead of the small village of the previous films of the series. At the 6th Berlin International Film Festival it won the Honorable Mention award. In this Italian romantic comedy set in the beautiful Bay of Naples, Marshal Antonio Carotenuto arrives back in his home town of Sorrento to take care of the local traffic police. Donna Sofia, an attractive fishmonger,has rented the home from a dashing marshal who now returns to become the town police chief and wants to reclaim his home; the woman refuses to leave and accepts marriage to Antonio as a joke to make Nicolino, a fisherman who she is genuinely in love with, jealous. She goes along with the marshals wooing and agrees to dump her fiancé and says she will marry him instead.
When the marshal realizes what she is doing, he jilts her instead and decides to woo his own landlady instead. Vittorio De Sica - Maresciallo Carotenuto Sophia Loren - Donna Sofia, a Smargiassa Lea Padovani - Donna Violante Ruotolo Antonio Cifariello - Nicola Pascazio, Nicolino Tina Pica - Caramella Mario Carotenuto - Don Matteo Carotenuto Virgilio Riento - Don Emidio Pane, amore e... on IMDb
Treasure of San Gennaro
Treasure of San Gennaro is a 1966 Italian comedy film starring Nino Manfredi, Senta Berger, Totò and Claudine Auger. It is directed by Dino Risi and is a funny classic story of a perfect robbery plan gone wrong in the Italian way, it was entered into the 5th Moscow International Film Festival. In Italy in the Sixties, a gang of American thieves arrive in Naples to steal the famous Treasure of San Gennaro; however the Americans do not know how to move in the picturesque town, because for them the customs of the natives are too weird and incomprehensible. So the two men and the girl go to a prison, following the advice of a friend. There they would find, the man who would assist them in their case, a certain Don Vincenzo, a famous thief in the city. However, since he is known by everyone in the prison, he is treated by the guards as a gentleman and with respect; the Americans, when they see this type of treatment, which would be impossible in their country, are quite stunned. Don Vincenzo warmly receives them and advises them to go to Naples and look for a certain Armandino Girasole, known as "Dudù".
He says that Dudù is a young thief by profession and he could help them. But the Americans, do not reveal to Don Vincenzo, they meet Dudù and he agrees to work with them. During their various meetings to prepare the plan, the Americans witness the cheerfulness as well as the grotesque situation of the city of Naples, a symbol of Italy. Everyone whether rich or poor, thinks of nothing but amusement, taking care only to live life as best they can. In fact, the economic boom occurred in Italy during these years. Jack, the leader of the gang, views Dudù's behavior as unacceptable. In fact, although he is known throughout the city as a professional thief, friend of the cops, he behaves in a manner flippant. According to Jack, Dudù should show at least some seriousness and study the plan at his seaside villa. Instead, Dudù tells Jack that can not study the plan because one of his own gang members has to go to the football game, another must attend a wedding or christening and celebrate at the evening's huge banquet.
While other colleagues are having fun, Jack is frustrated because, he thinks, one does not agree to commit a robbery with adults who act like children. During the wedding banquet in which Dudù is invited, the Americans, to their surprise meet the prisoner Don Vincenzo, released from the prison for the day only to join the party! Jack has had enough but he must contend with his friend Joe, seated at the table to taste a delicious plate of mussels, a typical Italian dish unknown in America. Joe, gorged himself on the mussels, he dies from indigestion. After the funeral Jack thinks of giving up the job, but convinces himself to again give the plan a shot. Without him noticing, his girlfriend Maggie begins to fall in love with Dudù; the day before the famous heist, Dudù and the rest of his gang, including his right arm man Sciascillo, meet in his villa by the sea. Jack, on the verge of losing patience, orders the fool Sciascillo to guard the house and not let anyone disturb him during the discussion of the plan.
Sciascillo falls asleep yet every five minutes or so he wakes up and enters the house, trying to sell fake watches and other junk like that. Jack, unable to contain the absurdity of Naples, comes out of the house with a gun in his hand and starts to chase Sciascillo while shooting; the plan is complete but on the last day Dudù and his gang go to the Cathedral of San Gennaro to pray to the saint so that he will not become angry by the theft. Dudù, since he knows the real reason for the heist, is concerned because he does not want to betray his country, his favorite saint. However, he speaks with Don Vincenzo, again free, tells him that he will give part of the Treasure of San Gennaro to charities. All are convinced to do the job that night, but it soon turns into a mess. In fact, Dudù has just forgotten that night in Italy would begin the celebration of the Song Festival of Naples. An event so famous all over the country and should not be taken so in Naples: people will come out to the streets to comment on the various songs and celebrate in bars.
Jack and Maggie, as Americans, do not understand the huge fuss that would be created in the streets of Naples. So Dudù and Sciascillo think to providing the nearby houses and the police stations with TVs to keep them off the streets. Once they've carried out the task, Dudù can now work, as best he can. In the catacombs of the cathedral and in the channels of the sewers, he smashes all the protective walls with dynamite, but there is one last concrete wall to break through. However, the hole made in the wall to put the TNT is too small, so Dudù has an idea: an idea that would not come to anyone else except to an Italian, he grabs a rat and binds the TNT to it, making him run away in a hole which leads behind the wall, soon the explosion breaks down the wall. Now the three can access the treasure room of San Gennaro and after a few attempts to break through the strong crystal display case, they are successful and remove the treasure; the next day Dudù learns that Jack is dead and killed by his partner Maggie, who, he learns, wants to fly back to America with the treasure.
Dudù must rather delay the departure of the aircraft. Who to contact if not Don Vincenzo? Dudù calls his friend at the prison, requests he phone a friend of his at the airport and to delay the departure of the flight to the United States. Don Vincenzo, with absolute calm, replied that delaying the fligh
Love in the City (1953 film)
Love in the City is a 1953 Italian anthology film composed of six segments, each with its own writer or director. The anthology consists of the following episodes: Paid Love written and directed by Carlo Lizzani Attempted Suicide by Michelangelo Antonioni Paradise for Three Hours by Dino Risi Marriage Agency by Federico Fellini Story of Caterina by Francesco Maselli and Cesare Zavattini Italians Stare written and directed by Alberto Lattuada Paid LoveAttempted SuicideRita Josa Rosanna Carta Enrico Pelliccia Donatella Marrosu Paolo Pacetti Nella Bertuccioni Lilia Nardi Lena Rossi Maria NobiliParadise for Three HoursLuisella BoniMarriage AgencyAntonio Cifariello as Giornalista Livia Venturini Maresa Gallo Angela Pierro Rita Andreana Lia NataliStory of CaterinaCaterina RigogliosoItalians StareMarisa Valenti Marco Ferreri Mario Bonotti Love in the City on IMDb
Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti Sr. was an Italian film producer with more than 140 productions to his credit. He was the husband of international film star Sophia Loren. Ponti was born in Magenta, where his grandfather had been mayor of the city. Ponti studied law at the University of Milan, he joined his father's law firm in Milan and became involved in the film business through negotiating contracts. Ponti attempted to establish a film industry in Milan in 1940 and produced Mario Soldati's Piccolo Mondo Antico there, starring Alida Valli, in her first notable role; the film dealt with the Italian struggle against the Austrians for the inclusion of northeastern Italy into the Kingdom of Italy during the Risorgimento. The film was successful, because it was easy to see "the Austrians as Germans" during World War II; as a result, he was jailed for undermining relations with Nazi Germany. Ponti accepted an offer from Riccardo Gualino's Lux Film in Rome in 1941, where he produced a series of commercially successful films featuring the comedian Totò.
In 1954 he had his greatest artistic success with the production of Federico Fellini's La strada. However, Fellini denied Ponti's role in its success and said that "La Strada was made in spite of Ponti and De Laurentiis". Ponti produced Boccaccio'70 in 1962, Marriage Italian Style in 1964, Yesterday and Tomorrow in 1965, he produced his most popular and financially successful film, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago, in 1965. He subsequently produced three notable films with Michelangelo Antonioni, Blowup in 1966, Zabriskie Point in 1970 and The Passenger in 1974. In 1946, he married Giuliana Fiastri with whom he had a daughter, Guendalina, in 1951 and a son in 1953. While serving as a judge in a beauty contest in 1951, Ponti met a minor actress named Sofia Lazzaro, he subsequently cast her in films such as Anna. In 1952, his friend Goffredo Lombardo, head of production at Titanus, changed Lazzaro's name to Sophia Loren. Five years Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia Loren by proxy.
Divorce was still forbidden in Italy, he was informed that were he to return there, he would be charged with bigamy, Loren would be charged with "concubinage". Ponti co-produced several films in Hollywood starring Loren, establishing her fame, although most were box-office failures. In 1960, he and Loren returned to Italy and when summoned to court, denied being married. In 1962, they had the marriage annulled, after which Ponti arranged with his first wife, that the three of them move to France and become French citizens. In 1965, Giuliana Ponti divorced her husband, allowing Ponti to marry Loren in 1966 in a civil wedding in Sèvres, they became French citizens after their application was approved by then-French President Georges Pompidou. Ponti and Loren had two children: Carlo Ponti Jr. Edoardo Ponti Their daughters-in-law are Sasha Alexander and Andrea Meszaros, they have four grandchildren. Loren remained married to Ponti until his death on 10 January 2007 of pulmonary complications; when asked in a November 2009 interview if she were likely to marry again, Loren replied "No, never again.
It would be impossible to love anyone else." Two unsuccessful attempts were made to kidnap Ponti in 1975, including one involving an attack on his car with gunfire. He was tried in absentia in 1979 for smuggling money and works of art abroad, fined 22 billion lire, sentenced to four years in prison. Ponti did not attend the hearing, he was cleared of the charges in 1990. Ponti owned works by, among others, Georges Braque, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Giorgio de Chirico and Canaletto, his collection was renowned for containing ten works by Francis Bacon. These included examples from his early Van Gogh series, self-portraits and pope paintings, which were publicised or lent to public exhibitions. In 1977 the Bacon paintings valued at an estimated $6.7 million, were seized and turned over by the Italian government to the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. When Ponti reached a deal with the Italian government and was cleared of the charges brought against him in 1990, he regained possession of 230 confiscated paintings.
At some point, the collection is said to have been split between Loren. Over the years, several works have been sold privately. In 2006 two Bacon paintings, in the Ponti collection were exhibited in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London. One, a vertical composition of four self-portraits, had been sold to the American collector Steven A. Cohen. In 2007 another pope painting by Bacon, sold by Ponti in 1991, was sold in a private deal brokered by Acquavella Galleries in New York for more than £15 million; that same year, Study for Portrait II was consigned by Loren at Christie's. Ponti died in Geneva, from pulmonary complications on 10 January 2007, he was survived by Sophia Loren. His body rests in the family tomb in Lombardy. Carlo Ponti on IMDb
Il Vedovo is a 1959 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi. Alberto Nardi is a Roman businessman who fancies himself a man of great capabilities, but whose factory teeters perennially on the brink of catastrophe. Alberto is married to a rich and successful businesswoman from Milan, Elvira Almiraghi who has a no-nonsense attitude and tolerates the attempts of her husband to keep his factory afloat with her money. Alberto tries to "keep up" with his wife and her rich and successful friends but he only manages to ridicule himself. Amused by his antics Elvira publicly treats her husband as a silly clown, confident that he'll never leave her in the hope of profiting from her fortune. One day a train on which Elvira was supposed to be traveling suffers a horrible accident falling off a bridge and no survivors are reported. Alberto is overjoyed and in a veritable ecstatic rush plans to liquidate most of Elvira's assets, brings his mistress in her country villa and starts dreaming of a bright future only to be frustrated when Elvira appears alive and well: a last-minute phone call from his own accountant and handyman prevented her from boarding the doomed train.
Frustration and anger throw Alberto in a nervous breakdown from which he emerges with a diabolic plan: to sabotage the elevator in the city attic he shares with Elvira to have her killed and inherit her fortune for good. The German engineer working in his factory agrees with Nardi's plan and with the help of unlikely accomplices like Marquis Stucchi and his own uncle the murderous project is set in motion, with an unintended and tragicomical result; the movie is a splendid example of the commedia all'italiana which Risi directs on an unusually black register where Sordi depicts an outrageously sleazy character. It is a period piece, showing the contradictions and miseries lying behind Italy's postwar economic miracle. Alberto Sordi: Alberto Nardi Franca Valeri: Elvira Almiraghi Livio Lorenzon: Marquis Stucchi Leonora Ruffo: Gioia Nando Bruno: Nardi's Uncle Nanda Primavera: Italia, Gioia's Mother Mario Passante: Lambertoni Enzo Petito: Fritzmayer Ruggero Marchi: Fenoglio Gigi Reder: Girondi Enzo Furlai: Giordano Angela Luce: Margherita Ignazio Leone: Doorman Alberto Rabagliati: Himself Rosita Pisano: Nardi's Secretary When Il Vedovo was first released in Italy in 1959 the Committee for the Theatrical Review of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities reviewed the film.
In order for it to be screened publicly, the Committee recommended the removal of the following scenes: 1) Father Agostino, who took part in the funeral as a priest, is shown sipping a glass of wine. The reason for the restriction, cited in the official documents, is because the aforementioned scene was considered immoral and the line was considered to be opposed to national reputation and decency; the official document number is: N° 3036, it was signed on 17 Nov 1959 by Minister Domenico Magrì
Il Gaucho is a 1964 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi. It was co-produced by Clemente Lococo, an Argentinian production company, in Argentina it was released as Un italiano en la Argentina. For his role in this film Nino Manfredi won a Grolla d'oro for best actor. Vittorio Gassman: Marco Ravicchio Nino Manfredi: Stefano Amedeo Nazzari: Ingegnere Maruchelli Silvana Pampanini: Luciana Maria Grazia Buccella: Mara Nando Angelini: Aldo Maria Fiore: Maria Annie Gorassini: Lorella Umberto D'Orsi: Pertini, the producer Francesco Mulè: Fiorini Jorgelina Aranda: Italia Marucchelli Il Gaucho on IMDb
I complessi is a 1965 commedia all'italiana anthology film consisting of three episodes. Una giornata decisivaNino Manfredi: Quirino Raganelli Ilaria Occhini: Gabriella Riccardo Garrone: Alvaro Morandini Umberto D'Orsi: ErnestoSegment directed by Dino Risi, written by Marcello Fondato, Ruggero Maccari and Dino Risi. Il complesso della schiava nubianaUgo Tognazzi: prof. Gildo Beozi Claudie Lange: Erminia Paola Borboni: Baracchi-Croce, Beozi's assistant Nanda Primavera: Beozi's Mother-in-law Claudio Gora: Antiquary Carletto Sposito: Massimo TabussoSegment directed by Franco Rossi, written by Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Ettore Scola, Age & Scarpelli. Guglielmo il dentoneAlberto Sordi: Guglielmo Bertone Franco Fabrizi: Francesco Martello Romolo Valli: Father Baldini Armando Trovajoli: Himself Lelio Luttazzi: Himself Nanni Loy: Himself Vincenzo Talarico: Himself Alessandro Cutolo: Himself Edy Campagnoli: Herself Kessler Twins: Themselves Gaia Germani: Herself Leo J. Wollemborg: Himself Pina Cei: Atelier Fabiani's Owner Renato Terra: Contestant Ugo Pagliai: Contestant Piero Gerlini: EdoardoSegment directed by Luigi Filippo D'Amico, written by Rodolfo Sonego and Alberto Sordi.
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