The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)
"Don Camillo" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  13 January 1953 (USA)
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In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »


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Carlo Duse
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Signora Bottazzi
Luciano Manara ...
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In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired and liked each other, politics still divided them as it is dividing the country. And when the mayor wants his "People's House"; the priest wants his "Garden City" for the poor. Division exist between the richest and the poorest, the pious and the atheists and even between lovers. But if the people are hard as the country, they are good in the bottom of there heart. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <>

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13 January 1953 (USA)  »

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The Little World of Don Camillo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Crocefisso: Where did you get that cigar, Camillo?
Don Camillo: Peppone had two. I think I took it without asking him. You know he believes in equal distribution of wealth.
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Humor simplicity and humanity by Giovanni Guareschi
9 September 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

It's the first interpretation of French actor Fernandel as "Don Camillo", the character created by Giovanni Guareschi. In Brescello, a small town in the Po Valley, where the local pastor, "Don Camillo", live continuous confrontations with "Peppone", the Communist mayor.

In 1948 Giovanni Guareschi wrote a wonderful book, great in quality but have a simple style in keeping with its theme, and that today is not properly valued. "DON CAMILO", illustrated with great humor and humanity of life in small rural towns Po River Valley, where even the quarrels between neighbors were to take the tremendous too. Four years later, director Julien Duvivier take to film the stories included in the book, to be followed by two other films.

In the cast we have the brilliant comedian who plays Fernandel certainly his most remembered, "Don Camillo", a priest of great faith and Christian spirit, but unorthodox methods and involved in small-town politics. The same it faces a Communist mayor, "Pepón" (Gino Cervi), good man, but tough and stubborn. And other mediating between the crucified Christ is the altar of the church (voiceover Ruggero Ruggeri), who does not miss the slightest fault "Don Camillo". They turn around the fortunes of the other villagers, enlisted on the side of the priest or the mayor and therefore as fiercely as they faced, but allies when the situation requires.

The film does not keep the order of the episodes as they appear in the book, but nobody cares and perhaps very few have noticed, because what really matters is that it has captured the spirit of the work, which can not be said the film on the same character that was made in 1983 with Terence Hill as "Don Camillo".

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