In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic, urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
Eduardo De Filippo
The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.
In the seventies the judge Langellone (Noiret) open the Virgizio (Garrone) case, a minister who died a few years before by hearth attack. Virgizio's wife asks to a judge to open the investigation believing her husband a honest man and a good father. The magistrate finds out that Virgizio used to meet some tramps during his free time ( ministers used to meet tramps, as the newspapers wrote in those years). When Langellone found out his wife is involved in this matter as Virgizio's lover, the case was closed so avoiding a scandal.
This is the only film directed by Scarpelli . Even though the story is a little complicated (too many characters and names are involved), it is a good example of politic corruption. The story especially point out the omnipotence of the judges and their right of make mistakes. We can see a lot of secondary actors like Umberto Raho, Sergio Garrone and Lionel Stander (in the role of hard lawyer), who were famous in the Italian comedy of sixties and seventies. Riccardo Cucciolla plays an employee but he was famous in Italy as a dubber.
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