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It's a Hard Life (1964)

La vita agra (original title)
Licenziato dai padroni della miniera presso cui lavora come responsabile dei servizi culturali, Luciano Bianchi decide di vendicarsi, anche per scuotere l'opinione pubblica sulla morte di ... See full summary »

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Luciano Bianchi
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Rossana Martini ...
Mara - wife of Luciano
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Libero Fornaciari
Maria Pia Arcangeli ...
Publishing house manager
Elsa Asteggiano
Augusto Bonardi ...
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Antonio Bruno ...
Police superintendant
Filiberto Conti
Nino Crisman ...
The chairman
Elio Crovetto ...
Carlone
Regina Dainelli
Paola Dapino ...
Iolanda
Pupo De Luca ...
Don torneri (as Gianni De Luca)
Antonino Faà di Bruno
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Licenziato dai padroni della miniera presso cui lavora come responsabile dei servizi culturali, Luciano Bianchi decide di vendicarsi, anche per scuotere l'opinione pubblica sulla morte di alcuni minatori avvenuta in una grave sciagura sul lavoro. Raggiunge perciò Milano, con l'intento di far saltare con la dinamite la sede centrale della miniera. In città conosce Anna, giovane corrispondente di un giornale di sinistra, della quale s'innamora. Per poter sopravvivere nella metropoli, senza lavoro, Luciano si arrangia a fare il traduttore per una casa editrice; ma, dopo un pò, trova la sua ispirazione nel produrre e realizzare spot pubblicitari. Questo lavoro, che egli disprezza, farà venir fuori tutta la sua genialità e gli consentirà, addirittura, di ottenere un'ottimo lavoro presso la stessa società che lo aveva licenziato. La vendetta sembra ormai dimenticata e con essa la moglie ed il figlio lasciati in provincia. Vorrebbe costruire una vita "tranquilla" con Anna, ma l'amore ... Written by rosebud6

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22 April 1964 (Italy)  »

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Gorak zivot  »

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The Italian singer-songwriter Enzo Jannacci makes two appearances during the movie, singing "L'ombrello di mio fratello" (1961). See more »

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A decent movie inspired by a wonderful book
8 May 2002 | by (Limerick, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This less well known '60s Italian Comedy is the attempt to translate into a movie one of the greatest books Italian contemporary literature has to offer: Luciano Bianciardi's "La Vita Agra".

The movie tells the story of Luciano Bianchi, an intellectual coming from a provincial area of Italy, moving to Milan after a mine accident killed some of his friends and co-workers. Milan in the is the symbol of the economic growth and increasingly wealthy lifestyle that characterised Italy's in the 60s, and Luciano's life changes dramatically: he leaves his wife and kids behind, gets a new job and falls in love with Anna, a young and lefty journalist.

Carlo Lizzani modified the story told by the book in many crucial parts, and making it more suitable for a movie, he took away the most touching and extraordinary features of the book: the cruel irony, the sense of disillusionment, the struggle between personal ethics and the real world during the economic boom.

A decent movie, but I definetly recommend to read the book (it's available on translation). It's my favourite book ever, by the way.


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