An obscure Italian magistrate suspects that a well-known industrialist commited murder, and decides to investigate him, and bring him to court, whatever it takes. But - will the magistrate ... See full summary »
Alberto Nardi (Alberto Sordi) is a Roman businessman who fancies himself a man of great capabilities, but whose factory (producing lifts and elevators) teeters perennially on the brink of ... See full summary »
Necchi (a bar owner), Perozzi (a journalist), Melandri (an architect) and Mascetti (a broken nobleman) live in Florence. They have been friends since their youngest years and spend every ... See full summary »
Like every year, everyone is going back to the ancestral family's home for the Christmas holidays. But this time, the old folks have a surprise, a good surprise for them. They have decided ... See full summary »
The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and ... See full summary »
Il cardinale (segment "Tantum ergo") /
Il cameriere (segment "Hostaria") /
Il marito (segment "Sequestro di persona cara") /
Il commissario (segment "Il sospetto") /
Il padre di famiglia (segment "Cittadino esemplare")
This film was shown on Los Angeles first cable station, the Z Channel, as part of their Foreign Films Specials, in the late 70's. It is a series of short stories, each one very funny, and said, in the production notes, to show a little bit of Italy and its people.
One story is about an Italian gentleman, who provides a Good Samaritan service to an injured civilian; but is unable to deposit the man anywhere, as hospitals, convents, and emergency clinics refuse to accept the barely alive victim. Unable to relieve himself of this unwanted, injured man, he returns to the scene of the crash, and replaces the victim as he found him, hours before.
Another story is a "behind the scenes" look at an Italian restaurant, where two waiters / chefs stage a horrendous fight, while preparing a large meal for a hungry group of customers.
I have looked for this film to play again, either here in Los Angeles, in an art house revival or on cable television, but to no avail.
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