Alberto, a newspaper man, tries a one-time shot of living the good life with the help of his penniless mentor.

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Tina Pica ...
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Maj. Guido Amadori
Piero Stucchi ...
Giovanni Sampieri - 'Meme'
Antonella Florio ...
Patrizia
Alberto Craig ...
Stefano (as Albert Graig)
Edy Biagetti ...
Gianluca (as Edoardo Biagetti)
Nani Colombo ...
Nené (as Nany Colombo)
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Alberto is a newspaper vendor in Roma fascinated by the local high society. His secret dream is to be part of it or at least socialize with that people he can only watch on the newspapers he sells. When Alberto befriends with an aristocratic older man, 'Il Conte Max', fallen into disgrace, his dreams seem to be realized. In fact Max starts to teach him the right manners and social habit to enter high society world. Through this, unexpectedly, Alberto succeeds to have a relationship with a young baroness! But the more he goes on, the more he starts understanding it is better to stay within is previous world. Written by 1felco

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Italian censorship certificate # 24684 delivered on 27-7-1957. See more »

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Remake of Il signor Max (1937) See more »

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Com'e gentil
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini
(from the comic opera "Don Pasquale")
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Greatly entertaining comedy !
15 August 2002 | by (Rome,Italy) – See all my reviews

Another fabel/comedy of the dangers for the poor Italian man who dares to rise up in society and challenge the high and mighty.This film is made in a more comical but realistic vein, and is well filmed.Alberto Sordi's acting is superb, and there is not a boring moment in the film ! This is a typical Italian neo realistic comedy, which was in such peak form in the late 1950's and early 1960's.Rarely, do Italians make such entertaining films nowadays,(with the exception of Pieracchioni and further back in time , Carlo Verdoni). This time Alberto plays the part of a newspaper vendor who dreams about sociliazing with the high society...but his dreams become reality when he befriends a nobleman fallen on hard times, who teaches him about manners and social mores when hanging around with nobles and super rich ! The results are definitely not up to expectations...but Alberto still manages to sociliaze with the jet set ....with disastrous and hilarious results ! Until he understands its better to marry a girl from his own modest background and 'keep to his stations', then run after crazy, jet setting, educated and polished people in which he stands out like a raw thumb !

The preformance of Vittorio de Sica(plays the part of poor nobleman) is as usual superb, and of course Alberto Sordi never disappoints ! A 8 vote.


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