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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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In the beginning there was Bombolini the fool, Bombolini the drunk, Bombolini the joke. In the end there was Bombolini the mayor, Bombolini the hero, Bombolini the beautiful. In between is the secret of Santa Vittoria.
The Italian crew was so upset over the assassination of 'Robert Kennedy', which occurred during the shoot, that they dedicated an extra hour of work in his memory. The letter from the Italian workers' union read, "the best way to honor the memory of a man of action is by action". Producer-director Stanley Kramer replied with the following announcement: "The decision of the Italian crew of The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969) to dedicate one extra hour of work to the memory of Robert F. Kennedy has no parallel in motion-picture history. The American group in Anticoli Corrado is deeply honored to know you and privileged to be your coworkers". See more »
It's nice to have a hot meal before you die.
You aren't going to die.
I'm the mayor, no? The Germans come. I greet them. They threaten me! I spit in their face! They put a pistol to my head and blow out my brains!
Why would they put a pistol to your head? The whole world knows Bombolini's brains are in his ass.
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Town idiot becomes mayor, Germans invade ... wine at risk
In short there is no other move quite like it. One of those that you might not think to rent, but if you find yourself at the beginning of it, you'll not leave until you see the ending. Quinn is excellent.
The nutshell is that The Germans are coming, and the town has lost all of its older boys and men to the Italian army. They're a wine-producing town, and elect the town-fool to be the "mock mayor". The problem is that they need to hide the wine from the Germans, being their only real treasure. From that premise forward, the movie becomes dark and deeply compelling. I believe that these are some of the best performances of the star-studded actors...
I recommend it, as one of life's "must see's".
(PS: I'm a tough critic, so an "8" for me is just about tops)
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