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Fantozzi (1975)

Based on Paolo Villaggio's books "Fantozzi" and "Il secondo, tragico Fantozzi", which are popular in Italy, this film tells the story of an unfortunate accountant's life over the course of ... See full summary »

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Umberto D'Orsi ...
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Collega di Fantozzi (as Bernardino Emanuelli)
Plinio Fernando ...
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Teresa Catellani
Pietro Zardini ...
Rag. Fonelli
Artemio Antonini ...
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Amerigo Alberani
Mirko Baiocchi ...
Maestro Canello
Luciano Bonanni ...
Cliente al ristorante giapponese
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Based on Paolo Villaggio's books "Fantozzi" and "Il secondo, tragico Fantozzi", which are popular in Italy, this film tells the story of an unfortunate accountant's life over the course of one year, shown in a variety of sketches, segments and provocative sequences making Fantozzi a very unlucky person indeed. Written by Stefano "SWEEVO" Pavone

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21 May 1976 (West Germany)  »

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Das größte Rindvieh weit und breit  »

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The character of Fantozzi is so popular in Italy that the widely used adjective "fantozziano" means "someone or something as unlucky as Fantozzi." See more »

Quotes

Ugo Fantozzi: I didn't mean to kill your dog! I'll kill myself in the fish pond!
[jumps in]
Signorina Silvani: What are you doing?
Ugo Fantozzi: I'm examining the temperature of the fish pond.
Ugo Fantozzi: Behold, all of you. I have given you fish
[holds up two fish]
Ugo Fantozzi: and some fine white rice.
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Followed by Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976) See more »

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Allucinazioni Mistiche
Written by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera
Performed by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera
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FANTOZZI (Luciano Salce, 1975) **1/2
3 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is a veritable milestone in the history of Italian film comedy and was the start of a series of 10 outings (which spanned nearly 25 years) featuring the hapless titular character, the epitome of a working-class underdog (who had been introduced in novel form by star/co-writer Paolo Villaggio himself); in itself, while patchy overall, it's still the second best in the entire series.

Here we are introduced to the characters which would reappear throughout the series: Fantozzi's frumpy wife (which would eventually be played, from the third entry onwards, by Luis Bunuel regular Milena Vukotic), his hideous daughter who looks more like a monkey (actually played a boy - subsequently a man - in drag!); his overbearing colleagues - the ever-optimistic myopic organizer (Gigi Reder), the playboy figure who's arrogant to his peers but utterly complacent to his superiors (Giuseppe Anatrelli), the free-spirited woman (Anna Mazzamauro) whom he desires but who's really quite unattractive herself; the employers, as befits the satiric nature of the films, are depicted as near deities with their offices fitted with armchairs in human skin and in whose aquariums swim a selected number of 'lucky' employees!!

The first entry has its fair share of memorably comic sequences: the football game during a thunderstorm between single and married men, Fantozzi's recurring mystical visions which invariably occur after having incurred a particularly heavy physical blow, the road rage sequence featuring a confrontation with a gang of thugs, the billiard game in which Fantozzi, after much verbal abuse, turns the tables on his superior and eventually kidnaps the latter's love-struck mother as security against his vengeance and a scene at a Japanese restaurant where, among other calamities, samurai are lopping off the limbs of those customers who are not appreciative of their cuisine!!


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