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Lo scopone scientifico (1972)

Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

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Peppino
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Antonia
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George
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The Millionairess
Mario Carotenuto ...
The 'Professor'
Domenico Modugno ...
Righetto
Franca Scagnetti ...
Pasqualina
Antonella Di Maggio ...
Cleopatra (as Antonella Demaggi)
Daniele Dublino
Luciana Lehar ...
Jolanda, Peppino's sister
Luciano Martana
Aristide Caporale
Alfredo Capri
Goffredo Pistoni
Leonardo Pantaleo
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Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

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30 October 1973 (Portugal)  »

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In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »

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Delightful respinning of 'Sunset Boulevard'
29 May 2006 | by (New York NY) – See all my reviews

One of the previous respondents compares Commencini's work on this film to Billy Wilder, and I can't agree more. In fact, this yarn reworks Sunset Boulevard into a full-bodied Italian comedy about how the tyrannical rich use their money to string along the poor and humble.

Remember, there was a card game in Wilder's film too! Here, Bette Davis, as poised, professional, and grandly self-assured as ever, is the Norma Desmond character. She's shrewd, not crazy, but she's got everyone twisting their lives out of shape to humor her in much the same way. Joseph Cotten is the Max von Mayerling character - the artist who threw away a brilliant career to serve this imperious creature. The twist is that Commencini replaces William Holden's wry screenwriter, Joe Gillis, with Alberto Sordi and Silvana Mangano as the poor couple who've unwittingly staked their lives on whatever they can get from the old lady. Ultimately, of course, it's not just them, but their entire neighborhood who Davis is leading on her merry chase -strictly for her own amusement. The twist at the end is just as perfect, in its own, thoroughly Italian way, as the finale of Wilder's film.

Absolutely delightful - especially the wonderful body (and facial) language of all four principals at the cardtable. They could have kept it up twice as long and it would have been just as amusing. Four expert screen actors, directed to perfection.

Can the bizzers-in-charge PLEASE find a decent print of this and DVD it right away?


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