Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his ... See full summary »
Peppino, a fishmonger on Campo de' Fiori, a famous Roman marketplace, works alongside Elide, a greengrocer, who has a soft spot for him, despite the fact they argue all day long... But neither Peppino, nor his friend Aurelio, the barber, are interested in getting married. Until he meets the beautiful Elsa...
Peppino De Filippo
Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone. Written by
I've seen LA STRADA a few times, but had never even heard of IL BIDONE. Spotted it among a batch of new DVDS at a friend's place, and gaped at it, amazed. Broderick Crawford (?!) in a Fellini? This I HAD to see! Took it home, popped it in...and was completely blown away. A great performance from Crawford, many indelible moments, and an emotionally shattering climax. In many ways I preferred it to LA STRADA -- felt it was less manipulative. Dug out the various movie guides, read some reviews, and learned it was part of Fellini's "Trilogy of Loneliness" -- LA STRADA, IL BIDONE & NIGHTS OF CABIRIA. So I sought out CABIRIA and enjoyed it immensely as well.
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