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The Overcoat (1952)

Il cappotto (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 7 October 1953 (USA)
Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renato Rascel ...
Carmine De Carmine
Yvonne Sanson ...
Caterina
Giulio Stival ...
Il sindaco
Ettore Mattia ...
Il segretario generale
Giulio Calì ...
Il sarto
Olinto Cristina
Anna Carena ...
L'affittacamere (as Anna Maria Carena)
Sandro Somarè ...
Il fidanzato di Vittoria
Luigi Moneta
Silvio Bagolini ...
Il venditore ambulante
Dina Perbellini
Loris Gizzi
Mario Crippa
Alfredo Ragusa
Nino Marchetti ...
(as Nino Marchetti)
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Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose only desire is for a new overcoat. The town Mayor (Giulio Stival) is planning a reception for some visiting VIP's in honor of a new, wasteful piece of construction. The clerk bungles his assignment and is fired. But he stumbles onto some bribery concerning the architects and, to keep him quiet, he's given his job back plus a bonus. He buys his long-cherished overcoat, and it makes him so presentable he wins newly-found respect from everybody. But his coat is stolen and the bitter weather causes him to contact a fever and he dies. His funeral upsets the Mayor's reception when he returns as a ghost. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Coat of many bummers
27 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SPOILER below!

This Gogol-drawn seriocomedy about a poor scrivener who can't get no respect—and eventually dies from pneumonia when the warm coat he'd so desperately needed is stolen from him (sorry for the spoiler but it's obvious very early on that the story is headed thataway)--is well-crafted but somewhat dated. Not so much in technique, but in the heavy-handedness with which all the protagonist's harassers (especially his pompous bosses) are caricatured, and the tears-of-a- clown schtick star Renato Rascel is allowed to indulge. He's decent enough, but there are times when you realize the film is just stopping to let him do the comic business local audiences would have then expected from a popular comedian, even in a change-of-pace more serious vehicle. Coming just after "Variety Lights," a success for himself and debuting co-director Fellini, "The Overcoat" shows some of director Alberto Lattuada's trademark strengths in depicting social milieus. He did a better job a decade alter with "Mafioso," which also got a much superior performance from another comedian in a more dramatic role—Alberto Sordi.


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