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The Return of Don Camillo (1953)

Le retour de Don Camillo (original title)
After his battles with the communist mayor Peppone, Don Camillo is sent in exile by his bishop in a remote village. Peppone thought he got the village in his hands. But when the ... See full summary »

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Édouard Delmont ...
Il dottor Spiletti
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Marchetti
Alexandre Rignault ...
Franceso 'Nero' Gallini
Thomy Bourdelle ...
Cagnola
Leda Gloria ...
Signora Bottazzi
Charles Vissières ...
Il vescovo (as Charles Vissière)
Claudy Chapeland ...
Beppo Bottazzi
Tony Jacquot ...
Don Pietro
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Brusco - il barbiere
Manuel Gary
Lia Di Leo ...
La maestrina
Marco Tulli ...
Lo Smilzo
Arturo Bragaglia ...
Il cantoniere
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After his battles with the communist mayor Peppone, Don Camillo is sent in exile by his bishop in a remote village. Peppone thought he got the village in his hands. But when the municipality decide to build a dike against the periodic floods, the proprietor of the land refuses. War between the village clans is about to begin. Maybe only the strong hand of the priest could persuade the landlord to change his mind. Will Peppone passed over his pride and send for his enemy? Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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26 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Italian censorship visa #14698 dating from 12 July 1953. See more »

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When Don Camillo enters Brusco's barber shop to challenge him, he carries a three- days- beard. But before Bruscoe applies the shaving foam, Don Camillo is shaven cleanly. See more »

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So much to do, don Camillo !
25 December 2006 | by (Ravenna, Italy) – See all my reviews

Very good episode, like all the others to be honest, but this one stands out for a deep and strong message, religious and not.

In the first part, the forced retreat of don Camillo is a very intense piece of cinema. His personal "via crucis" up to the mountain, his dialogue with God (the conscience's speech ?) teach to us the real value of a redemption. Camillo's exile, thank God will last little time (Peppone knows anything ?), full of energies to fight again. For the glorious bell Gertrude fallen by the belfry, the tragic Po's flood, a singular battle of the clocks, the barbaric life in the boarding-schools and the last fascists' ardors.

Everybody having at least 60 years in Italy remembers the big Po river's flood (my parents told me plenty about it) in early 50s. These kind of movies are able to maintain living the records of both happy and tragic events that marked our history through the following generations. An epoch desperately needful of a common identity (and then the politics!) but basically already related with the simple, daily things.

Fernandel and Gino Cervi couldn't be more terrific in their roles. Like Fernandel was a perfect don Camillo, Gino Cervi was either a perfect Peppone, or Maigret in the french TV-series taken by Simenon's novels. Two underrated actors that inaugurated a prolific age of Italy/France co-productions.


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