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A bit different but very enjoyable

Author: IndustriousAngel from Austria
19 April 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Whereas most of the DonCamillo/Peppone stories are safely grounded in the Italian landscape, here they undertake a journey to Russia as part of a communist delegation. Much of the charm of the series consists of the sympathetic and truthful (yet always with a wink) portrayal of Brescello and its population; the "Russians" on display in this 5th and last entry remain very cardboard, so a big part of the humanity of the series is missing. On the other hand, both Fernandel and Gino Cervi feel very at home in their roles, and it's a joy how they play off each other. The comedy is never laugh-out-loud but it's always there, while at the same time there's real tension when - what a cruel coincidence! - exactly during their welcome party, Khrushchev is replaced by Brezhnev and the Italians are left in a serious political vacuum. Another plus of this film is a certain playfulness - the fun start credits, a Russian Traviata, nice political presents, a Russian children's choir intoning "volare" ... and, at the very end, we witness "Peppone" Gino Cervi without the trademark moustache - oh my god, what a difference lies in such a silly piece of facial hair - unbelievable (as DonCamillo mentions).

Overall, while not the best entry in the series, everyone who liked the prior ones will be satisfied with this one, too!

postscript: The English title "Don Camillo in Moscow" is misleading; they just pass Moscow on their flight, but the plot takes place in a removed kolkhoz. And you have to love the actress playing the cute interpreter just for her name ... "Graziella Granata". Wow!

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So so

Author: LeRoyMarko from Toronto, Canada
11 November 2002

This is a far cry from the best of the "Don Camillo" series. It's actually the one I less prefer. In this one, Don Camillo is going to Russia with Peppone, to see for itself what it's like to live in a communist country. Forget about Don Camillo being a monsignore (he was elevated to this post in the movie that come just before in the series), he's back to his job as the priest responsable for a small Italian parish. But we've got a feeling that Don Camillo's and Peppone's characters are growing old. It's probably a good thing that the series stops there.

Out of 100, I gave it 72. That's good for ** out of ****.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on September 29th, 2002.

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