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14 May 1952 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Gennaro Pisano ... Celestino Esposito
Marilyn Buferd ... Ragazza americana / American Tourist
William Tubbs ... Padre della ragazza americana / American Tourist (as Bill Tubbs)
Helen Tubbs ... Madre della ragazza americana / American Tourist
Giovanni Amato ... Sindaco del paese / The Mayor
Clara Bindi ... Giulietta Del Bello
Giacomo Furia ... Romano Cuccurullo
Joseph Falletta
Pietro Carloni
Camillo Buonanni

Aldo Giuffrè
Aldo Nanni
Gaio Visconti
Carlo Giuffrè

Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
Writing credits
Sergio Amidei  and
Giancarlo Vigorelli  and
Franco Brusati  and
Liana Ferri  and
Roberto Rossellini 

Eduardo Marotta  story
Giuseppe Marotta  story

Produced by
Salvo D'Angelo .... producer: Universalia Film
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
Cinematography by
Enrico Betti Berutto 
Tino Santoni 
Film Editing by
Jolanda Benvenuti 
Production Management
Alberto Manni .... production manager
Art Department
Demofilo Fidani .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Mario Amari .... sound
Gilles Barberis .... audio restorer
Special Effects by
Eugenio Bava .... special effects

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mexico:B (2015) | UK:PG

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Censorship visa # 115999 delivered in 11-3-1952.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Rossellini Touch, 23 March 2013
Author: boblipton from New York City

Rossellini had a wry sense of humor that showed up particularly in L'AMORE and his life of Francis of Assisi. Unfortunately for him, film making is a commercial art, and when people want to see a film by Roberto Rossellini, they want a drama. So this comedy, which owes a lot to E.T.A. Hoffman and Ernst Lubitsch (the preface even borrows from Lubitsch' DIE PUPPE) confounded the audiences. They expected a serious, small scale tragedy, and so didn't laugh. They stayed away and the film vanished for almost half a century. If you wanted a black comedy, you went to see a Billy Wilder film. Rossellini went back to doing what his audiences expected of him.

It's a pity. This is not a ground-breaking film for Rossellini, but it is a beautifully photographed and well-acted comedy with some wonderful pick-up shots.

If you see this movie, I suggest that you go in without any expectation of seeing a Rossellini film. Just give it the chance that you would give a film by some one you've never heard of before. On those terms, I expect you'll enjoy it a lot.

Aren't those the terms we should offer every movie?

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