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Eduardo De Filippo
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Giuseppe De Santis
Carla Del Poggio,
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 uneven. Some scenes in the first half are overlong; not all the humour is equally amusing; and yet, overall, it works surprisingly well. Wonderful Italian actor Totò stars as Ettore Pappalardo, a poor worker with a huge family: when it is discovered he hasn't even passed the first grade, he is forced to face the final exam. Things don't go as planned, so he opts for an extreme solution: he will shoot himself to give his wife, from the afterlife, the right numbers of the "lotto".
A comedy with bitter undertones, with a more illustrious pedigree than it is immediately obvious: some developments 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 a young Alberto Sordi, who gives an hilarious performance as an unbearably obnoxious professor. Reportedly, Totò himself was impressed by the young colleague.
The ironically surreal ending with the bureaucratic afterlife is amusing, and also works as a biting satire.
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