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Ciao, Professore! (1992)
"Io speriamo che me la cavo" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  15 July 1994 (USA)
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Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near Naples. The first day of work he finds in the school only the school-caretaker and few girls and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Villaggio ...
Marco Sperelli
Isa Danieli ...
The Principal
Gigio Morra ...
Custodian
Sergio Solli ...
Cardboard Dealer
Ester Carloni ...
Zia Esterina
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Ludovico Mazzullo
Pierfrancesco Borruto ...
Peppiniello
Annarita D'Auria ...
Lucietta
Maria Esposito ...
Rosinella
Roberta Galli ...
Sorella di Totò
Luigi Lastorina ...
Totò
Filomena Lieto ...
Cecchina
Carmela Pecoraro ...
Tommasina
Salvatore Terraccino ...
Salvatore
Ilaria Troncone ...
Flora
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Marco Sperelli is a teacher, he is divorced and he is sent to work in Corzano, a town near Naples. The first day of work he finds in the school only the school-caretaker and few girls and boys in the class-room. He goes out looking for them and he discovers then a wretched life led by the boys and the girls of Corzano. A life in which only power and violence are worth respecting. Sperelli tries to teach something different but he gets their respect only by slapping Raffaele, on the way to became a camorrist. His presence and his work, however, disturb too many persons and he will be transferred. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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What a Wonderful World
(George David Weiss (as G.D. Weiss) / Bob Thiele (as A. Thiele))
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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Warner Chappell Music Italiana SpA
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For light-hearted Italophiles.
12 April 2004 | by (santa cruz, california) – See all my reviews

This movie is great for those who:

-love Italian culture

-love Italian kids

-love southern Italian dialect

This movie haunted me at movie stores since I became interested in foreign films 4 or 5 years ago. Glaring and obnoxious as its cover is, I finally rented it. All in all a decent comedy.

In my ratings scale, comedies are graded more on their humor than their story line. In the case of this movie, that is a good thing. A weak story of coincidence, a northern italian professor ends up teaching in the chaos that is Italy southern (Napoli).

I loved the movie because I understand italian well enough to not read the satisfactory subtitles and because the kids were luminous compared to the usual fumbling kiddie actors; these ones were adorable and their lines hilarious.

Other notes: There is a lot of vulgarity in this movie, as is typical in the south. The lead, a likeable Paolo Villaggio, plays foil for the wild kids. The story is simple and dismissable. The cinematography is standard, blessed by the wondrous ambient that is the dilapidated South. A normally celebrated Wertmuller seems to have chosen an easy project here. The movie was produced by media mogul Silvio Berlusconi (vaffa!).

Ultimately it's a movie to waste 90 min, but it was enjoyable and will certainly rouse a smile when I see it on the shelves next time.

6/10, JCC


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