Bombolini is a fairly worthless drunk in the small Italian town of Santa Vittoria in the closing days of World War II. When word comes that the Fascist government has surrendered, he climbs a water tower to tear down the flag. He can't get down and someone gets the crowd to chant his name to give him confidence. The Fascist town council hears this and believes that he is the town's new leader. They surrender to him and make him the new mayor. He rises to the occasion and when he finds that the Germans plan to occupy his town and take their wine (over a million bottles) he works out a plan to hide it. Written by
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For the film's four month shoot in the little Italian village of Anticoli Corrado, a number of the town's residents worked on the film in varying capacities as assistant crew or as extras and background artists. Some stayed on and lived in their houses whilst others took paid holidays in exchange for the use of their homes during principal photography. See more »
When Tufa the deserter, meets Caterina after being released by the Germans, Caterina places the bread knife parallel to the side of the cutting board. Next shot, the knife is away from the cutting board with the blade pointing away from the cutting board. See more »
[Bombolini wants the priest to pray for the rain to stop while the villagers move the wine]
Nobody ever prays for sun, they only pray for rain.
In Noah's ark people prayed for rain?
That was before organised religion.
Sure, all they had was God, the poor bastards.
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Saw this film when it was first released. Quinn does an excellent job of playing the role of the town drunk/buffoon and then masterfully transitions into the brave and clever Mayor matching wits with the local German Command. Magnani does a great job playing the role of a wife frustrated and embarrassed with being married to a drunk and failure. Movie has very good scenes and is, in my view, very funny.
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