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Maccheroni (1985)

A businessman from the United States returns to Italy for the first time in four decades only to discover that an old girlfriend of his, along with her brother, have involved him in a massive hoax.

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Cast

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Antonio Jasiello
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Laura Di Falco
Isa Danieli ...
Carmelina Jasiello
Maria Luisa Santella ...
Door Keeper
Patrizia Sacchi ...
Virginia
Bruno Esposito ...
Giulio Jasiello
Orsetta Gregoretti ...
Young actress in theater
Marc Berman ...
French record producer
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French record producer
Giovanna Sanfilippo ...
Maria
Fabio Tenore ...
Pasqualino (the little monk)
Marta Bifano ...
Luisella
Aldo De Martino ...
Cottone (theater manager)
Tilde De Spirito ...
The villain's mistress (as Clotilde De Spirito)
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Robert Traven, a dyspeptic, edgy American businessman, arrives in Naples and is received by a friendly but officious local company representative. Exhausted by the pressures and inconveniences of a long flight, he is looking forward to rest and relaxation in his hotel room when he is visited by buoyant and upbeat Antonio Jassiello, a clerk in a bank record room, who is surprised when his old friend from the War does not recognize him. The annoyed and exhausted Traven feels he's being scammed, and the two part on bad terms. Jassiello does leave a photo of Traven and his sister taken 40 years earlier, and the time and the setting seen to stir the American's memory, so he seeks out Antonio to apologize. Jassiello brings him back home to renew acquaintances with his family including his now middle-aged, married sister, Her hospitable husband is friendly and not the least bit jealous, and Traven soon discovers why he has not faded from their memories as they have from his. Antonio has been... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Trivia

Mastroianni had a cute film biz anecdote about this movie, noting that while promoting it in Manhattan he was having dinner at a posh Italian restaurant and the waiter - shaving a truffle over his pasta, motioned to Mastroianni whether he should continue and Marcello nodded yes, repeating "Paramount, Paramount" (the company was picking up the check). See more »

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Antonio: [Translating for his mother] Life chooses the one who loves her.
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An underrated film
19 May 2004 | by (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

Often referred to as a film which "nearly makes it" this somewhat cynical comedy is not as bad as everyone says it is in my opinion. Its two main actors, Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastroiani, make a great pair, better (I think) than the pairing of Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It's quite a sweet little film really with a nice ending. Sometimes it is very depressingly funny, and sometimes it's just sad. The general idea behind the film is the idea of, in old age, going back to a happier past. It's not a gem, but it deserves at least some credit. But it is worth seeing if you get the chance. If you find you liked Mastroiani's performance, then I recommend that you see the Italian film "I Soliti Ignoti". Enjoy!


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