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The Roof (1956)
"Il tetto" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  12 May 1959 (USA)
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Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Luisa Pilon (as Gabriella Pallotti)
Giorgio Listuzzi ...
Natale Pilon - Luisa's husband
Gastone Renzelli ...
Cesare, Luisa's brother-in-law
Maria Di Rollo ...
Maria Di Fiori ...
Giovanna, Cesare's wife
Emilia Maritini ...
Luisa's mother
Angelo Bigioni ...
Angelo Visentin ...
Antonio Pilon
Maria Sittoro ...
Natale's mother
Luisa Alessandri ...
Signora Baj
Giuseppe Martini ...
Luisa's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aldo Boi
Carolina Ferri
Fernando Gerra
Luciano Pigozzi


Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house overnight so that a newlywed couple can have their own home. Written by David Kinne <>

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Das Dach  »

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It's the great social drama by master de Sica.
2 May 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Thirteenth feature film by Vittorio De Sica. Written by Cesare Zavattini ("Bicycle Thief", 1950), is inspired by real events. Is shot outdoors and natural settings and near Rome. OCIC wins Cannes (De Sica), the Nardo d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) for Best Screenplay and was nominated for the Palme d'Or.

The action takes place in Rome in early 1956. A construction worker, "Natale " (Listuzzi), whose ambition is to be a bricklayer, married with "Louise" (Pallotta), domestic servant, despite not having a roof to sleep. The fact serves the director to compose a fresh realistic post-war Italy, especially the city of Rome, which explains in documentary tone, with sober, austere and honest, devoid of artifice and with uncompromising accuracy. Talk of the family, the overall poverty, the high cost of housing, rents and subleases of rooms, lack of social services, unemployment, widespread underemployment.

The shots show a ruined, wet, dirty and neglected landscape. This is the mirror of the soul of the characters, doomed to struggle to survive in appalling conditions. "Umberto D" is concerned with the plight of pensioners, "Sciuscià " pay attention to abandoned children, " Miracolo a Milano " speaks of the marginalized. "Il Tetto" takes care of young people of marriageable age faced with the need for housing. The film closes the neo-realist stage of director with an eye to a tragic reality, similar to those of his films of the period 1946/55.

The film has a poignant delicacy, where the characters are wonderfully described, the minor players possess the strength to enlarge the characters, scenes emanate sweetness and pathos, and emotions causing great empathy, the story is a sentimental increase anxiety and illusion, reaching the final climax where nobody knows if it's a happy ending or the opposite, Another feature of this film is the use of amateur actors to print more realistic feeling as this is paramount, to be as faithful to the reality of what happened in those hard years. It's the de Sica film that I liked and I recommend it to those who enjoy good film and especially the followers of Italian neo-realism.

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