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The Room of the Scirocco (1998)

La stanza dello scirocco (original title)
Sicily, 1936. The Marquis of Acquafurata, an antifascist activist wanted by the police, returns in secret to his ancestors' palace. For fear of being recognized, he poses as his late butler... See full summary »

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Marquis of Acquafurata
Tiziana Lodato ...
Rosalia
Paolo De Vita ...
Notary
Francesco Benigno ...
Vincenzo
Tony Sperandeo ...
Sollima
Valentina Biasio ...
Maria, Rosalia's sister
Lucia Sardo ...
Lucia
Maria Terranova ...
Rosalia's mother
Paola Pace ...
Podestà's wife
Maria Rosa Sapienza ...
Rosalia's friend
Santo Pennisi ...
Podestà
Antonello Puglisi ...
Maresciallo
Ignazio Pappalardo ...
Priest
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Sicily, 1936. The Marquis of Acquafurata, an antifascist activist wanted by the police, returns in secret to his ancestors' palace. For fear of being recognized, he poses as his late butler, killed accidentally in a fire. And for the property not to fall into the hands of the fascists, he executes a will bequeathing the palace to a couple without proper housing. They soon arrive at his door. Acquafurata cannot believe his eyes: Rosalia, the young woman is lovely and he immediately falls for her. Even more wonderful, her husband must go to war shortly and leave his good looker behind. The weather is hot, nerves are high-strung and passions are bound to run out of control. Written by Guy Bellinger

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24 October 2003 (France)  »

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Room of the Scirocco sizzles.
19 October 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A romantic fable set amongst the Fascist reign on Sicily during the Second World War, were a noble house catches fire and a dead body is discovered. The authorities believe it to be the body of the Marquis of Asquafurata, but the personal Butler who survived the fire has a few surprises up his sleeve. One of them is to give the house to a local peasant couple so that the fascist can't get there hands on it. But our so-called Butler falls for the wife and into fairy floss we go. Charming tale that gets sillier towards the end but lucky it didn't go for too long, plus the performances from the vintage lead actors give it that extra special boost. Along with the exquisite music and cinematography, this is a solid camp classic melodrama that is worth a look if it ever pops up on cable TV. Lucky enough, in Australia we have WORLD MOVIES, a cable network that screens foreign movies that would never ever be seen anywhere else, even released on DVD in this country.


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