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An American in Rome (1954)

Un americano a Roma (original title)
Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in the early '50s Roma. He is completely crazy for everything that comes from the States. He tries to speak American-English (the most funny ever), ... See full summary »

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Maria Pia Casilio ...
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Anita Durante ...
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Padre di Nando
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Fred Buonanotte
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Cicalone Romolo
Rocco D'Assunta ...
Commissario
Ivy Nicholson ...
Amica di Molly (as Ivy Nicolson)
Charles Fawcett ...
Mr. Brooks
Caterine Alcajde ...
Ballerina dell'avanspettacolo
Archibald L. Lyall ...
L'ambasciatore (as Arcibaldo Layall)
Vincenzo Talarico ...
L'onorabile Borgiano
Luigi Giacosi ...
Medico
Salvo Libassi ...
Tullio, radiotecnico
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Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in the early '50s Roma. He is completely crazy for everything that comes from the States. He tries to speak American-English (the most funny ever), to wear like he thinks Americans do, to walk like John Wayne (!), trying to eat cornflakes with ketchup... His life is a complete parody of the real American way of life, which he couldn't ever get. Nando's, not so secret, dream is to go to the USA. To get it he goes to the Coliseum and threats to suicide if American Embassy don't give him the visa. But at this point Nando is very well known as a 'crazy-for-USA' boy and the troubles he provoked in the past, couldn't help him. Written by 1felco

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10 December 1954 (Italy)  »

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In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »

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A white towel covering Alberto Sordi's private area is seen at the bottom edge of the screen during the nude modeling scene. See more »

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this film is amazing!
1 June 2003 | by (roseto italy) – See all my reviews

I find his interpretation of the young "romano" who wants to be "americano" fantastic, and although I did not like Alberto Sordi when I first came to Italy (1970) I realize I did not understand the humor or the culture, but since then I have seen many of his films , and this remains one of my favourites. It is lively, funny, relaxing, and also shows how the "americanisation" has really come about (cereals for breakfast, fast food, cars, blue jeans) which were a joke then, are everyday reality today) However one thing has however survived, the love for spaghetti by the Italians, in fact one of the scenes I prefer is when Alberto decides to destroy his huge plate of spaghetti, as I like to destroy them in the same way. It is a film that can be seen over and over again . If you want to learn more about the Italians from the "inside" Alberto sordi is the actor to follow in the last 50 years


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