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The Boom (1963)
"Il boom" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  30 August 1963 (Italy)
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Alberti
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Silvia Alberti
Ettore Geri ...
Mr. Bausetti
Elena Nicolai ...
Mrs. Bausetti
Alceo Barnabei ...
Federico Giordano ...
Silvia's father
Antonio Mambretti ...
Silvio Battistini ...
Sandro Merli ...
John Karlsen ...
Ugo Silvestri ...
Gloria Cervi ...
Mrs. Baratti
Gino Pasquarelli ...
Maria Grazia Buccella ...
Mariolina Bovo ...
Mrs. Faravalli


During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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Il Boom : A different type of 'comedy" film directed by Vittorio de Sica (Bicycle Thieves)
24 October 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

After the end of neorealism cinema movement,it was Italian cinema's turn to give a different cinema genre to the world.It was called "Commedia All'Italiana", an Italian way of making comedy films.These films tackled Italian realities in a comical fashion.Among its leading proponents,one can cite names of directors such as Dino Risi,Ettore Scola,Mario Monicelli,Luigi Comencini and Nanni Loy.Taking cue from the widespread financial as well as industrial boom which Italy witnessed in 1960s,Dino Risi decided to direct a film called "Il Boom".His film is a brilliant comical attack on Italian upper middle families especially against their ludicrous tendencies to spend more than what they really earn.One sees them enjoying all the comforts which a life can offer them including a visit to a horse racing show and a gourmet food party.The film focuses its attention on Giovanni Alberto,a role played with perfect dexterity by great Italian actor Alberto Sordi,who sacrifices a lot including his family,friends and even a precious part of himself in order to get rid of his mounting debts.Apart from Italian middle classes,Dino Risi's 'Il Boom' is replete with a lot of easy to identify symbols which represent the Italian nation namely church and an ability to dance to excellent English music tracks helmed by Piero Piccioni.All music lovers would like to dance to the tunes of "Il Twist".

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