Ercole Pappalardo (Totò), married, five daughters, lives with only dream to be upgraded from his current position in the post department. Everithing goes wrong, he accidentally spits on the... See full summary »
Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
Eduardo De Filippo
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Ercole Pappalardo (Totò), married, five daughters, lives with only dream to be upgraded from his current position in the post department. Everithing goes wrong, he accidentally spits on the minister's face, he insults him trough a parrot (!), and finally they discover he has no titles to fit his current position. After all this tragicomic events he takes a definitive decision: he will die to communicate from the afterlife the lotto numbers to his wife! Written by
Totò e i re di Roma is a comedy with bitter undertones and a more illustrious pedigree than it is immediately obvious: some developments are inspired by a short tale by Cechov, and a short scene comes straight from Pirandello. Totò performs his usual magic; in the supporting cast, the most notable presence is Alberto Sordi, who gives an hilarious performance as an unbearably obnoxious professor. Reportedly, Totò himself was impressed by young colleague.
The ironically surreal ending with the bureaucratic afterlife is amusing and works as a biting satire.
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