CFB's Top Italian Films

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1.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
 
2.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
3.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
4.
L'Avventura (1960)
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. (143 mins.)
 
5.
The Leopard (1963)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
 
6.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
7.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
 
8.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
9.
Umberto D. (1952)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
10.
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (111 mins.)
 
11.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
12.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
13.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
14.
Death in Venice (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... (130 mins.)
 
15.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
 
16.
L'Eclisse (1962)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
 
17.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
18.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
19.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
 
20.
I Vitelloni (1953)
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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
 
21.
Red Desert (1964)
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In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
 
22.
The Passenger (1975)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance. (119 mins.)
 
23.
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore... (105 mins.)
 
24.
Senso (1954)
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A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. (123 mins.)
 
25.
Seven Beauties (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso. (115 mins.)
 
26.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
27.
La Notte (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (115 mins.)
 
28.
Le Notti Bianche (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. (107 mins.)
 
29.
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
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Joe This richly symbolic film is really impossible to understand without some knowledge of 20th Century Italian history... (89 mins.)
 
30.
Oedipus Rex (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity... (104 mins.)
 
31.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (112 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
32.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
 
33.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
34.
1900 (1976)
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The epic tale of a class struggle in 20th Century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
 
35.
Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
36.
Shoeshine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. (93 mins.)
 
37.
Paisan (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (125 mins.)
 
38.
Teorema (1968)
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A strange visitor in a wealthy family. He seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter and finally the father before leaving a few days after... (105 mins.)
 
39.
Mamma Roma (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment... (106 mins.)
 
40.
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
41.
We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war... (124 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
42.
Padre Padrone (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh... (114 mins.)
 
43.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
 
44.
Allegro non troppo (1976)
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An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music... (85 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
 
45.
Cabiria (1914)
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
46.
Nostalgia (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through... (125 mins.)
 
47.
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
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A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife. (105 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
48.
Black Sunday (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
49.
L'innocente (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again. (129 mins.)
 
50.
Accattone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison. (120 mins.)
 
51.
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce. (106 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
52.
The Best of Youth (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s. (366 mins.)
 
53.
Ossessione (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband. (140 mins.)
 
54.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
55.
Two Women (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war. (100 mins.)
 
56.
Carmen (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen)... (152 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
57.
Caro diario (1993)
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Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters... (100 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
58.
A Special Day (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in 1938. (106 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
59.
Deep Red (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
60.
The White Sheik (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces. (86 mins.)
 
61.
Miracle in Milan (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò... (100 mins.)
 
62.
Il Posto (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation. (93 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
63.
La traviata (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Violetta meets Alfredo and quickly falls for him. After the lovers run away together, they live in bliss for a short time... (109 mins.)
 
64.
Il Grido (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive. (116 mins.)
 
65.
La Terra Trema (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently. (160 mins.)
 
66.
The Great Silence (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds. (105 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
67.
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband. (137 mins.)
 
68.
The Legend of 1900 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land. (165 mins.)
 
69.
Roma (1972)
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital. (120 mins.)
 
70.
Seduced and Abandoned (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Agnese, a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister Matilde's fiancé... (115 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
71.
Journey to Italy (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
72.
The Stolen Children (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage... (114 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
73.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
 
74.
Arabian Nights (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of Mid-West Asia, the main story concerns... (130 mins.)
 
75.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
76.
Europe '51 (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... (113 mins.)
 
77.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
78.
The Son's Room (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident. (99 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
79.
Lamerica (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants... (116 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
80.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. (129 mins.)
 
81.
The Organizer (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory. (130 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
82.
The Grim Reaper (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Near the Tiber river, in a Roman park, a prostitute was killed. The police tracks down people that were inside the park during that night... (88 mins.)
 
83.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
84.
Inferno (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
85.
Così ridevano (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very... (124 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
 
86.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
 
87.
The Damned (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich. (156 mins.)
 
88.
Mediterraneo (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war. (96 mins.)
 
89.
Il Sorpasso (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries. (105 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
90.
The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa... (100 mins.)
 
91.
Blow-Up (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. (111 mins.)
 
92.
I Fidanzati (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department... (77 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
93.
The Decameron (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron". (112 mins.)
 
94.
General Della Rovere (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer. (132 mins.)
 
95.
Fists in the Pocket (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions. (105 mins.)
 
96.
The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting... (85 mins.)
 
97.
Love & Anarchy (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a friend is murdered by the Facists, a melancholy farmer takes up residence in a Roman brothel as he and an anarchist prostitute plot to assassinate Mussolini. (124 mins.)
 
98.
Swept Away (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A trip into the Mediterranean sea becomes a trip into the discovery of how society's frameworks of the rich and poor are delicate and temporary. (116 mins.)
 
99.
Bell' Antonio (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Women love handsome Antonio because they think of him as the perfect lover. But he has problems to fullfill... (105 mins.)
Director: Mauro Bolognini
 
100.
Bread and Chocolate (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Italian immigrant Nino steadfastly tries to become a member of Swiss Society no matter how awful his situation becomes. (100 mins.)
Director: Franco Brusati