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L'imperatore di Capri (1949)

Sonia, a beautiful gold digger, mistakes Antonio, a waiter in a Neapolitan hotel, for the Arab prince Bey of Agapur and makes an appointment with him for the following day in Capri. Antonio... See full summary »

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Dodo della Baggina
Nerio Bernardi ...
Osvaldo
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Asdrubale Stinchi
Pina Gallini ...
La suocera
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Omar Bey Kahn di Agapur
Enrico Glori ...
Il maggiordomo
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Lucia
Alda Mangini ...
Emanuela
Nino Marchetti ...
Geremia
Marisa Merlini ...
La baronesa von Krapfen
Lino Robi ...
Basilio
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Sonia Bulgarov
Piero Tordi ...
Il marito di Emanuela
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Sonia, a beautiful gold digger, mistakes Antonio, a waiter in a Neapolitan hotel, for the Arab prince Bey of Agapur and makes an appointment with him for the following day in Capri. Antonio goes there behind his wife and mother in law's back. Due to a lucky series of circumstances he really does becomes the prince of the island. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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The Prince of Laughter plays the Emperor of Capri
14 September 2017 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The "Prince of Laughter" plays the "Emperor of Capri" ... This film - as many others of Totò's - presents linguistic and dialectal difficulties, to which today's cultural differences must be added, due to the years that have gone by; anyway, whenever I happen to watch this film I cannot help but observe what a precursor of times Totò was. We are talking of 1949 year, just a few years since WWII ended, and already in the wake of the Cold War; the culture and the customs of those times were what they were, and yet our Totò did cut off all the commonplaces, and dissected everything that seemed formally respectable in the society of the time. Italy was far from the post-war revival that would lead to the following 'economic boom' of the 1960s. The country was largely underdeveloped and wide pockets of illiteracy persisted. Yet, in spite of all this, it emerges the very modern humor of the "Prince of Laughter". A fierce satire of socialite costumes, and his striking way of cracking jokes make of this one an always present-day kind of film. I'd just like trying to translate for you one of the typically unheard-of jokes in this movie: when everyone is convinced that poor DeFazio - who knows nothing about it - is covertly the "Bei of Agapur", they turn to him with deference using the title of "Your Highness ..."; not understanding the reason behind it, poor DeFazio answers naively: " Mine? ... 5 feet and 4 inches ... This looks kinda easy verbal slip-up to think of, these days, but we're talking about the year 1949! ... Quite a few American film makers say they got some of their inspiration from the Italian "Neo Realismo" ... I'm sure they'd have got no lesser inspiration from Totò's filmography ... provided studying some Italian first ... ;=))

PS. Some of the characters of this film will be taken up and developed by Totò in another beautiful film of his: Totò a colori (Totò in color, 1952); in which social satire becomes fierce, disrespectful, and even blatant. Of course, being the jokes in part already known, one might think they are less effective, but the art of the comedian is such that you cannot avoid laughing, again and again, and each time it's like one has never heard them before.


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