Up 29,415 this week

La valigia dei sogni (1953)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 50 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Add a Plot


0Check in

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 706 titles
created 09 Jun 2011
a list of 432 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: La valigia dei sogni (1953)

La valigia dei sogni (1953) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of La valigia dei sogni.


Credited cast:
Umberto Melnati ...
Ettore Omeri
Maria Pia Casilio ...
Roberto Risso ...
Giorgio Astori
Ludmilla Dudarova ...
La baronessa Caprioli
Helena Makowska ...
Flora Mariel ...
La suora
Giulio Calì ...
Impiegato della Biblioteca Nazionale
Xenia Valderi ...
La direttrice del museo
Giuseppe Chinnici ...
Il commissario
Nino Vingelli ...
Un detenuto
Gemma Bolognesi ...
Amica della baronessa
Pietro De Vico ...
Il regista del provino
Eugenia Tavani ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Italia Almirante-Manzini ...
(archive footage)


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

29 October 1953 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

La valise des songes  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Features Cabiria (1914) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A bag of cinema dreams...
5 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title of this pleasing film, especially pleasing for buffs of classic and silent cinema, translates as "The Suitcase of Dreams." I suppose this is literally a film-buff's film. In it Umberto Melnati plays a former actor from the Italian silent cinema, Ettore Omeri. He collects old films from his time and enjoys showing them in schools. Some of the young people laugh inappropriately at a few of the "old-fashioned" clips.

One woman, a celebrated silent screen actress, recognizes herself in one of the films, and is annoyed by the juvenile responses. She asks Omeri for the clip. Her son goes to visit the ex-actor's secretary who, while handling the nitrate film, starts a fire in the archive. At first Omeri is arrested for starting a fire, but then is freed through the intervention of the rich producer husband of the ex-actress. She gives him a job and he is able to open a museum of the cinema.

The movie relies a great deal on our nostalgia for the cinema of the forgotten past, and our wistful hero Ettore wins our sympathy in his pursuits. He is sort of an Italianate version of France's Henri Langlois, who created the Cinémathèque Française. In fact the only occasion I know of the movie's presentation in the U.S. was of a print from the Cinémathèque Française, with French subtitles, presented at the Anthology Film Archives in New York in 1998.

Much of the movie is given over to actual film clips from the Italian silent period, which are often fascinating and sometimes amusing as well. Among the stars in those excerpts are divas Francesca Bertini, Eleonora Duse, Lyda Borelli, Elena Makowska, Italia Almirante Manzini, Pina Menichelli and male stars like Amleto Novelli, Ermete Zacconi, Antonio Gandusio, Barolomeo "Maciste" Pagano, Gustavo Serena, Febo Mari. Like the much later "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" of Giuseppe Tornatore, this work by veteran Luigi Comencini treats its subject with no small measure of love and affection. In the cast are also Maria Pia Casilio, Elena Makowska, Roberto Risso.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss La valigia dei sogni (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: