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Lazzarella (1957)

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Luciano teaches mathematics to Sandra to help her in school and they fall in love. Sandra has another suitor, it is Nicola, who is also rich. Then Luciano meets the French Brigitte and she ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Alessandra Panaro ...
Sandra Carpella
Luciano Pico (as Mario Girotti)
Rossella Como ...
Luigi De Filippo ...
Nicola Sant'Elmo
Irène Tunc ...
Brigitte Clermont
Riccardo Garrone ...
Sandra's father
Dolores Palumbo ...
Donnna Carmela
Aurelio Fierro ...
Madeleine Fischer ...
Domenico Modugno ...
Tina Pica ...
Mrs. Capuano
Turi Pandolfini ...
Professor Avallone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Ambrosino ...
Roy Ciccolini ...


Luciano teaches mathematics to Sandra to help her in school and they fall in love. Sandra has another suitor, it is Nicola, who is also rich. Then Luciano meets the French Brigitte and she wants him to come with her to Paris. Sandra's father is in financial straits and he is obliged to flee abroad. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Written by Riccardo Pazzaglia & Domenico Modugno
Performed by Domenico Modugno
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Young Sandra and Luciano in love.
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Lazzarella" is the kind of mindless sentimental romance with songs that attracted large Italian audiences during this period and that was not generally exported except maybe to ethnic Italian-language houses abroad. Yet it brought in a bigger box office than did the contemporary "Nights of Cabiria" by Fellini, which of course was popular not only in Italy but throughout the globe. The movie is based on a song of the same title with lyrics by Domenico Modugno, about a teenage girl Sandra, nicknamed Lazzarella. Modugno himself appears in the film as a pizza vendor who likes to keep folks engaged through song and food.

Sandra is from a well-off family. Her sweetheart is Luciano, from a family of modest means. Her family wants her to marry another boy from a well-off family. Then Sandra's own family hits hard times. So we get the usual dilemmas, separations, jealousies, and predictable reconciliations with Sandra and Luciano ultimately together again and destined for marriage to each other. Pretty Alessandra Panaro plays Sandra. Handsome Mario Girotti (later known as Terence Hill) is her boyfriend Luciano. Also in the cast is singer Aurelio Fierro. He and Modugno seem to be included here to garner interest among the older audience. Neapolitan character actress does a delightful turn as the widow Capuano with her delightful whiskey-baritone voice. It all adds up to inconsequential and harmless pap.

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