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On his death bed in the 1820s, King Ferdinando I of Naples tries to escape the ghosts of his bloody kingship by remembering his younger days... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sergio Assisi ... Ferdinando I Borbone

Gabriella Pession ... Maria Carolina d'Asburgo

Nicole Grimaudo ... Princess of Medina
Adriano Pantaleo ... Ferdinando I Borbone (child)

Lola Pagnani ... Sara Goudar
Carlo Caprioli ... Emperor Giuseppe d'Asburgo
Moira Grassi ... Countess S. Marco
Vanessa Sabet ... Maria Giuseppa

Matt Patresi ... Angelo Goudar

Yari Gugliucci ... Gennarino Rivelli
Lucilla Vacondìo ... Lady Stratfordshire
Elena Presti ... Princess of Floridia

Paolo De Giorgio ... Principe di Caramanico
Giuseppe Bottiglieri ... Giacomo Goudar
Giuliano Amatucci ... Fedele
Maria Zulima Job ... Maria Carolina d'Asburgo (child)
Lea Gramsdorff ... Maria Amalia di Sassonia
Mario Scaccia ... Ferdinando I Borbone (old)
Isa Danieli ... Fravulella
Silvana De Santis ... Maria Teresa d'Asburgo
Elio Pandolfi ... Father Giuliani
Leonardo Benvenuti ... Tanucci
Armando Pugliese ... Prince of San Severo
Gianni Bonagura ... Austrian Ambassador
Giuliana Gargiulo ... Sister Maria Crocifissa
Pelos La Capria ... Don Raffaele
Gerardo Gargiulo ... King Carlo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cristina Casale ... Dama
Giovanni Gabrielli ... Country Kid

Directed by
Lina Wertmüller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Raffaele La Capria  writer
Lina Wertmüller  writer

Produced by
Edwige Fenech .... producer
Edwin Fenech .... producer
Original Music by
Italo Greco 
Paolo Raffone 
Marcello Vitale 
Cinematography by
Blasco Giurato 
Film Editing by
Pierluigi Leonardi  (as Pier Luigi Leonardi)
Production Design by
Enrico Job 
Costume Design by
Gino Persico 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist
Gino Zamprioli .... makeup department head
Production Management
Roberto de Laurentiis .... production supervisor
Domenico La Spada .... production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simone Di Carlo .... assistant director
Antonio Tozzi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tamara Marini .... set designer
Federica Russo .... assistant art director
Saverio Sammali .... set designer
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Gabriele Diaferia .... visual effects art director
Paolo Lato .... visual effects producer
Josè Sala .... digital compositor
Stefano Trivelli .... visual effects supervisor: UBIK VFX
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Cuzzupoli .... assistant camera
Romolo Eucalitto .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alma Barbieri .... head cutter
Editorial Department
Tomasso Gramigna .... first assistant editor
Other crew
Diego Percossi Papi .... jewelry artist
Franco Rapa .... location services: Naples, Italy
Claudia Cimmino .... assistant location manager (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Ferdinando and Carolina" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Argentina:105 min | Italy:102 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Lots of fun in a farcical historical romp, 2 September 2002
Author: raymond-15 from Australia

A farcical romp involving King Ferdinando 1 of Naples and Princess Marie Carolina of Austria with whom he has an unsteady love-hate relationship, but nevertheless rules with her in the latter half of the 18th Century. Writers like to ridicule the aristocratic rulers and to distort historical facts which give them immeasurable pleasure in the process. This film is no exception. It's not only a film full of fun and action, but set design and costumes are of a very high standard and give an authentic touch to the period despite all the nonsense within the palace walls. Ferdinando as played by Sergio Assisi gives a whirlwind performance as he unbuttons every female bodice on sight or ends up under their billowing skirts. It seems he has sex tattooed on his brain. Even Carolina says he thinks of nothing else.

There are some memorable scenes beginning with the sound of rumbling bowels during a quiet game of cards (quite startling at first). There is a surprisingly unrefined game of blindman's buff where rabbits and white mice add originality to this age-old parlour game. The film is punctuated with comical incidents throughout. Some are only mildly funny, while others are quite hilarious.

In the latter part of the film when Ferdinando is rapidly failing in health he reflects on some of the cruel deeds during his life as he lies gasping on his death bed. Some horrifying close-ups of severed heads and cut throats all-bloodied come as a sudden shock so unexpected in a farce of this type. Some viewers may wish to close their eyes for a moment or two.

In the lighter moments of the film Fernando seems to spend much of his time racing about the palace like a naughty teenager bouncing about on the capacious beds for some more "hankie-pankie" as he calls it. Neatly woven into the story is the political intrigue between Austria and Naples and the use of royal mistresses to seduce the King or distract him from his intentions. I get the feeling that amongst all the silly capers there is more than an ounce of truth in the way that royalty is portrayed in manipulating events for their own ends as they seek expansion of their power over other territories.

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