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The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

Don Camillo (original title)
A determined priest and a Communist mayor develop a grudging friendship in spite of their official rivalry.


Julien Duvivier


Giovanni Guareschi (novel), Julien Duvivier (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Don Camillo
Gino Cervi ... Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi
Vera Talchi Vera Talchi ... Gina Filotti (as Vera Talqui)
Franco Interlenghi ... Mariolino della Bruciata
Sylvie ... Signora Cristina
Charles Vissières Charles Vissières ... Il Vescovo (as Charles Vissiere)
Clara Auteri Pepe Clara Auteri Pepe ... Woman saying 'Viva Peppone!' (as Clara Auteri)
Italo Clerici Italo Clerici ... Barchini
Peppino De Martino Peppino De Martino ... Assessor
Carlo Duse Carlo Duse ... Il Bigio
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary ... Il delegato (as Manoel Gary)
Leda Gloria Leda Gloria ... Signora Bottazzi
Luciano Manara Luciano Manara ... Filotti
Armando Migliari Armando Migliari ... Brusco della Bruciata
Giovanni Onorato Giovanni Onorato ... Scartazzini


In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired and liked each other, politics still divided them as it is dividing the country. And when the mayor wants his "People's House"; the priest wants his "Garden City" for the poor. Division exist between the richest and the poorest, the pious and the atheists and even between lovers. But if the people are as hard as the country, they are good in the bottom of their heart. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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The year's bell-ringing comedy hit!




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A huge box office success in both of its native countries, Italy and France. See more »


Don Camillo: The hands are made for blessing... but not the feet.
[kicks Peppone]
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Alternate Versions

German version runs 2 minutes shorter than the Italian original version. See more »


Referenced in The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954) See more »


Music by Pierre De Geyter
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9 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

French comic actor Fernandel embodied the title role while remarkable Italian character actor Gino Cervi played his spiritual and political opponent. More than a rustic comedy, the film epitomizes the postwar political polarization in Italy and symbolizes the famous "compromesso storico"---historical compromise---under which Italy would long continue to be governed. This successful film spawned a series of popular sequels, mostly with the same two actors, all based on the Giovanni Guareschi novels. A point of clarification: this was a French-Italian co-production and was first released in the U.S. in its French-language version with English subtitles before the dubbed English version with narrator Orson Welles went into circulation. The Italian-language version, not readily available, is the most appropriate one.

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Release Date:

13 January 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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