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San Giovanni decollato (1940)

Mastr'Antonio Miciaccio caretaker and shoemaker is devoted to Saint John Beheaded and is trying to find out who has been stealing the oil that keeps the candle to the saint burning. He also... See full summary »


Amleto Palermi, Giorgio Bianchi (co-director)


Nino Martoglio (play), Amleto Palermi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Totò ... Mastro Agostino Miciacio
Titina De Filippo Titina De Filippo ... Concetta Miciacio
Silvana Jachino Silvana Jachino ... Serafina Miciacio
Augusto Di Giovanni Augusto Di Giovanni ... Don Peppino Esposito
Eduardo Passarelli Eduardo Passarelli ... Orazio, the lamp-lighter
Osvaldo Genazzani ... Giorgio Maria Santapola
Franco Coop Franco Coop ... Don Raffaele, the barber
Tommaso Marcellini Tommaso Marcellini ... Don Benedetto, the farmer
Bella Starace Sainati Bella Starace Sainati ... Donna Provvidenza, farmer's wife
Mario Siletti Mario Siletti ... Teodoro Cupis
Peppino Spadaro Peppino Spadaro ... Vincenzo, shoemaker
Dina Romano Dina Romano ... The Fortune Teller
Grazia Spadaro Grazia Spadaro ... Rosalia, housekeeper
Giacomo Almirante Giacomo Almirante ... The Judge
Emilio Petacci Emilio Petacci ... Prosecutor Lanzetti


Mastr'Antonio Miciaccio caretaker and shoemaker is devoted to Saint John Beheaded and is trying to find out who has been stealing the oil that keeps the candle to the saint burning. He also does not approve of his daughter's boy friend and he does not want him to marry her. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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12 December 1940 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem dos Sete Ofícios See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The film was released in France (Paris) as "Toto, apôtre et martyr" only in 1981 as part of the festival dedicated to the Italian actor Totò. See more »


Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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entertaining light comedy:)
26 July 2001 | by hofnarrSee all my reviews

I'd never even *heard* of Toto before this retrospective at the Cleveland Cinematheque. But he's OK. I know it sounds like I'm damning with faint praise here but I'm not. This isn't one of my favorites - TOTO DIABOLIKUS, THE POOR AND THE NOBLE or HANDS OFF ME! might appeal to me more personally, but that could just be taste.

Toto's bent for word play comes up a number of times in the film and even across the language barrier you get a good feel for this. There's a nice musical number with a broom while he's singing a song which includes the phrase "When you're a lad of 20 you need to find a wife."

There are two driving forces in the film. One is Toto's determination to find the mysterious person who's stealing the oil he leaves at the altar of John the Baptist that he maintains. The other is to attempt to hold his family together after he promises his daughter's hand in marriage to one person without realizing she is in love with another. How these two come together you'll have to see the film to discover.

If you think descriptions like "waste management" instead of "janitor" and "domestic engineer" instead of "housewife" are relatively recent, back in 1940 Toto is saying "I'm no cobbler, I'm a shoe technician!" His character also echoes Chauncy Gardener's as performed by Peter Sellers in BEING THERE - he's introduced as a professor and given due deference but when he points out how a local cobbler is about to defraud someone in the family, they are even more impressed.

If you're in the mood for some light comedy, you really can't go wrong with this. Toto made about 100 films and there are 15 in this series - mostly the cream, I'd bet.

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