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Roaring Years (1962)

Gli anni ruggenti (original title)
The incognito visit of a fascist hierarc in a tiny country town shakes deeply the ruling class and their lack of integrity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omero Battifiori
Salvatore Acquamano
Elvira Acquamano
Gastone Moschin ...
Carmine Passante
Salvo Randone ...
Il medico antifascista
Angela Luce ...
Rosa De Bellis
Rosalia Maggio ...
Donna Nunzia Acquamano
Linda Sini ...
Carla Calò
Annetta Esposito
Gino Brillante
Giuseppe Ianigro ...
Nicola De Bellis
Gaetano Morino
Enzo Petito
Mara Maiello


In the thirties, during the Fascist Dictatorship, an insurance broker, Omero Battifiori, reaches a small country town from Rome seeking for new customers. The main authorities, expecting an incognito inspection from the Fascist Party of the capital, suspect him to be the inspector and a very important member of the Party. The misunderstanding leads to a number of equivocals until Omero reveals his identity. Written by Anonymous

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21 April 1962 (Italy)  »

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The tragic comedy of Italian Fascism exposed
23 November 1998 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The satire of Fascism that this movie offers isn't probably the

most corrumpsive, while it shows a bunch of greedy little people. Anyway, the story chooses to look at the ridiculous side of the dictatorship. The town authorities are depicted as small, foolish corrupted dabblers. They quickly flatter the anonymous broker, then they quickly turn him out of town when they discover his identity. The idea of the plot is that Fascism and all the fascist boasts are only (tragic) rethoric: the poor people remain poor, problems are farther than ever from solution, the local influent men are the same as before Mussolini's takeover. In a word: nothing ever changes, if not to worse. The key-scene is the arrival of the real inspector. He drops his incognito down immediately, because "incognito would be an insult to the brave comrades of the province", of course he's willing to use his influence to take part in the local corruption. A special mention for Salvo Randone, one of the best Italian theatre actors, who plays the role of the anti-fascist former director of the local hospital.

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