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7 October 1953 (USA) See more »
Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Could have been a classic but marred by clunkiness. See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)
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)
Mimo Billi (as Mimmo Billi)
Riccardo Legioni
Gondrano Trucchi
Angela Bevilacqua
Paolo Reale
Giovanni Ranucci
Antonella Lualdi ... Vittoria, la figlia del sindaco
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianni Bonos ... (uncredited)
Luigi Bonos ... (uncredited)
Vittorio Bonos ... (uncredited)
Claudio Ermelli ... Il fotografo (uncredited)
Marco Tulli ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Alberto Lattuada 
Writing credits
Alberto Lattuada (adaptation and screenplay) &
Giorgio Prosperi (adaptation and screenplay) &
Giordano Corsi (adaptation and screenplay) &
Enzo Curreli (adaptation and screenplay) (as Enzo Currelli) &
Luigi Malerba (adaptation and screenplay) &
Leonardo Sinisgalli (adaptation and screenplay) &
Cesare Zavattini (adaptation and screenplay)

Nikolai Gogol  story "The Overcoat" (uncredited)

Produced by
Antonio Ansaldo-Patti .... producer
Enzo Curreli .... producer
Original Music by
Felice Lattuada 
Cinematography by
Mario Montuori 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
Production Design by
Gianni Polidori 
Set Decoration by
Sergio Baldacchini 
Costume Design by
Dario Cecchi 
Makeup Department
Amalia Paoletti .... hair stylist
Eligio Trani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Enzo Curreli .... unit manager (as Enzo Currelli)
Marco Ferreri .... assistant production manager
Bianca Lattuada .... production manager
Alfredo Mirabile .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aldo Buzzi .... assistant director
Guidarino Guidi .... assistant director
Luigi Malerba .... assistant director
Art Department
Leonardo Sinisgalli .... artistic consultant
Sound Department
Eraldo Giordani .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfio Contini .... assistant camera
Cesare Fraschetti .... assistant camera
Silvio Fraschetti .... assistant camera
Mario Melloni .... still photographer (as Mario Meloni)
Amerigo Paiolo .... camera operator
Renato Pietrini .... chief electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Fanetti .... wardrobe
Other crew
Enrico Catalucci .... laboratory technician (as E. Catalucci)
Riccardo Ghione .... script supervisor
Franco Solitario .... location manager

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Also Known As:
"Il cappotto" - Italy (original title)
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95 min | Italy:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Could have been a classic but marred by clunkiness., 17 June 2014
Author: vwild from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Il Cappotto is a surprisingly faithful rendering of the Gogol short story. The Overcoat is happily relocated from bureaucratic nineteenth century Russia to corrupt post war Italy. There are many wonderful and original scenes; a succession of lodgers trying to listen to the heartbeat of a dying man through a stethoscope; a hearse interrupting the mayor's self-congratulatory speechifying at a public meeting; a tailor ducking down alleys to get a further look at his beautiful coat being worn by its new owner. The film is also funny, but the comedy is sometimes jarring. There is what can only be called a Chaplin-esque central performance though without Chaplin's mischief, some rather broad satire of Italian political life, and a more bleak, savage humour that is perhaps more faithful to Gogol. Some of this is marvellous, some of it rather dated. As the film progresses it picks up momentum but unfortunately the clunkiness of some of the first half hour hangs over the rest of the film leaving a feeling that it could all have been a little tighter and maybe a little tougher. The end in particular exchanges Gogol's horror for spiritual uplift and is a disappointment.

In the end, Il Cappotto feels like a film that doesn't quite hold together its disparate elements, but has some unforgettable scenes worthy of de Sica or Fellini. Enjoyable but frustrating.

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