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Nothing Left to Do but Cry (1984)
"Non ci resta che piangere" (original title)

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A teacher (Saverio) and a schoolkeeper (Mario) get lost in the Italian countryside. They find themselves in the late 15th century, they met Leonardo da Vinci and try to teach him how to ... See full summary »


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A teacher (Saverio) and a schoolkeeper (Mario) get lost in the Italian countryside. They find themselves in the late 15th century, they met Leonardo da Vinci and try to teach him how to play cards, they try to stop Columbus, they sing beatles's song etc... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Fantasy





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21 December 1984 (Italy)  »

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Die Lucky Boys  »

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[last lines]
Saverio: Look! A train! I told you we would return to the present!
Mario: I'm not marrying Gabriellina!
Saverio: Oh yes you are!
Leonardo da Vinci: Engineers! TRAIN!
MarioSaverio: Please... NO!
Leonardo da Vinci: For God's sake! 33%... 33%... and 33%...
[cut to a shot of the train and freeze as the film ends]
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Two comic genius's at work
14 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great premise. Great writing. Great acting. A must for fans of both actor/writer/directors who acted in, wrote and co-directed this delightful fantasy. Who has not imagined what would have happened if the Europeans, in this case Christopher Columbus, had no interest in finding the new world or even a new route to India? It's a joy to watch these two men at work. Too bad it's not available in English. In any case, it's worth watching on DVD, so you can pause and replay until you get the subtleties of the writing and the performances. American producers have remade a number Italian classics and neo-classics (often botching the job). However I hope that somewhere within the US film industry there exists a producer/director/writer team capable of making an English language version of Non ci Resta che Piangere without losing its heart. If not, it just gives the rest of you yet another reason to learn Italian. Fair warning though. Troisi is not so easy to understand for those not somewhat used to hearing la lingua italiana as spoken in the outskirts of Naples (San Giorgio a Cremano).

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