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Il tetto (1956)

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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Cast

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 ...
Gina
Maria Di Fiori ...
Giovanna, Cesare's wife
Emilia Maritini ...
Luisa's mother
Angelo Bigioni ...
Luigi
Angelo Visentin ...
Antonio Pilon
Maria Sittoro ...
Natale's mother
Luisa Alessandri ...
Signora Baj
Giuseppe Martini ...
Luisa's father
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Aldo Boi
Carolina Ferri
Fernando Gerra
Luciano Pigozzi
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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 overnight so that a newlywed couple can have their own home. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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12 May 1959 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Maybe not very different from the others, but certainly one of his best
17 March 2010 | by (Afghanistan) – See all my reviews

Having seen the amazing three masterpieces - Ladri Di Biciclette, Miracolo a Milano and Umberto D. - which De Sica made in a row, I was a bit worried that his formula could be worn out, that by '56 neorealism would be dead. I was worried that I'd grown apathetic to his tragic fates and epic portraits of the working class.. but I was WRONG! The characters in this movie are simply too real -- and most likely, they are real, since often De Sica didn't use pro actors, and none of the actors have a prior acting history according to IMDb). Growing tired of his formula would be the same as growing tired of people, stories and destinies all together. It doesn't take long for these poor Italians to win sympathy and capture emotions, and in those 8 years from Ladri di Biciclette and to Il Tetto, De Sica may not have changed his focus from the tragic lives in the lowest classes of Italian post-war history, but he's certainly gone from being just a bit over-the-top on how bad everything can get (which isn't necessarily bad) to an even more modest story. A story that could sound dull if retold with only words, but told in the hands of the genius De Sica, it becomes another gem. If you like anything else that he's made, you'll like this one, too. It's honest, it's historical, it's political, it's human, it's beautiful and more than any of his other movies, Il Tetto does shine a light for the poor.


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