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...
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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 bittersweet comedy with a more illustrious pedigree than is immediately obvious: some developments are taken from Chekhov (The Death of a Government Clerk) and a short scene comes straight from Pirandello (Da Sé).
Totò performs his usual magic; Alberto Sordi, in one of his first major roles, gives an hilarious performance as an unbearably obnoxious professor. Reportedly, Totò himself was impressed by his young colleague, and their famous duet during a disastrous school exam is the movie's highlight.
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