Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)
"Due soldi di speranza" (original title)

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Complete credited cast:
Maria Fiore ...
Vincenzo Musolino ...
Filomena Russo ...
Antonio's Mother
Luigi Astarita ...
Pasquale Artu
Luigi Barone ...
The priest
Felicità Lettieri ...
Signora Artu (as Felicia Lettieri)
Carmela Cirillo ...
Gina Mascetti ...
Flora Angelini
Tommaso Balzamo ...
Luigi Bellomo (as Tommaso Balzano)
Pasqualina Izza
Anna Raiola ...
Signora Bellomo
Alfonso Del Sorbo ...
Luigi Cutino
Antonio Balzamo ...
(as Antonio Balzano)
Gioacchino Morrone


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Release Date:

10 April 1952 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Two Cents Worth of Hope  »

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1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship cerificate # 11641 delivered on March 18th 1952 See more »


Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »


Funiculì, Funiculà
Music by Luigi Denza
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
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A riotous love story, surviving against the odds.
22 December 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Castellani let it rip with this one! The movie's a riot — but a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Carmela, the daughter of a well-to-do village fireworks manufacturer, relentlessly pursues Antonio, the returned soldier son, now unemployed, of a less than honest poor village woman.

Finally, of course love triumphs... but it's a rocky road to get there! Slowly Antonio is wooed — and when he is, he's resolute — but then they face the reluctance of both sets of parents to their match — and Antonio's sister's indiscretion with another wealthy landowner doesn't help.

I was exhausted by the end with all the shrieking, weeping, chastising and emotional swinging.

The movie is beautifully filmed. Some of the editing is a little rough. The direction improves as the movie goes along. Nino Rota gives us a taste of how his musical gift will develop in subsequent years.

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