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Il Bidone (1955)

Il bidone (original title)
A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

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Il Baron Vargas
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Emilio Manfredi
Lucetta Muratori
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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October 1962 (USA)  »

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Trivia

French visa # 17397 (original version) and 17367/D (dubbed version) See more »

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When Augusto and his daughter are sitting in the open-air café, the watch he is giving to his daughter jumps from his hand to on her wrist immediately. See more »

Quotes

Augusto: [Reerring contemptuously to his con-artist partners] LBook who I ended up with - wimps being supported by women!
man: It's common today.
Augusto: I was necer like that! I always had style. I went arond the world ripping everybody off. The world is full of idiots. I can sell ice to Eskimos. Now I work with these amateurs, but I'll be working again alone soon.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

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Fellini in a narration of the cruelty
8 May 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The story takes place in Rome and surrounding area in 1953. Augusto (Broderick Crawford), Roberto (Franco Fabrizi), Carlo "Picaso" ((Richard Basehart) and the Baron Vargas (Giacomo Gabrielli) form a band of robbers. Augusto is the protagonist of its execution, he has 48 years and he feels trapped by the age and loneliness. Roberto want to emulate Johnny Ray and looking for fun and enjoy life. Carlo is married to Iris (Giulietta Masina), is a painter frustrated and steals to sustain the family. What the principle of the film begins as a comedy soon becomes drama to observe the plight of the victims of the scams, the expressions that show. As the film, we believe that all of this is doing reflect the characters, but not the case that, there seems to be awareness in the characters. The scene in which Augusto is identified by one of their victims in the cinema before his daughter and the conversation that maintains with a girl with poliomyelitis, are insurmountable. The great music of Nino Rota, and the good photography in black and white prepare a film with more crudely morality. of Federico Fellini


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