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The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

Don Camillo (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Julien Duvivier
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The whole film was shot twice; there is a French and an Italien negative, that can be distinguished by details in editing and content (watch the position of the dog during the procession for example). See more »

Quotes

Crocefisso: Where did you get that cigar, Camillo?
Don Camillo: Peppone had two. I think I took it without asking him. You know he believes in equal distribution of wealth.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Followed by Il compagno Don Camillo (1965) See more »

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A marvellous, warm, charming, adorable Italian film.
25 May 2000 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

...Actually, of all those adjectives, `Italian' was the first to leap to mind. I can't believe the IMDb has decided to classify this film under a French name. `Things happen there that could happen nowhere else in the world,' says the narrator. It's easy to believe.

The Catholics and the communists are battling for the soul of a small village. It's to be hoped that neither side ever wins. Nor is it likely that either side ever will win. This would spoil everyone's fun.

The communist mayor, is, so to speak, the Anglican of the two: someone who will gruffly talk about burning all the capitalists, while letting it be understood that he doesn't really intend his words to be taken literally. The priest (Don Camillo) is hot-headed, as fiercely loyal to the Catholic Church as the mayor is to his party, at once highly intelligent and preternaturally simple minded. He's the kind of Catholic who avoids absurdity by the time-honoured trick of simply not thinking about the doctrines to which he officially subscribes. His `prayers' are impromptu conversations with Jesus, or perhaps simply with the icon of Jesus that hangs on his wall - whichever it is, the film humours his fancy by having Jesus (or the icon) talk back to him. To this day I'm not sure if Jesus (or the icon) is REALLY talking back, or if it's just Don Camillo's imagination. What does it matter? It is, after all, no more than a private eccentricity. It's not as if he talks to or about Jesus in PUBLIC.

No one - not atheists, not communists, not Christians, not Norse pagans - could object to the film's big-hearted fantasy, or fail to like either of the two very likeable protagonists. I gather there are several sequels: the one I've seen isn't nearly as good; and the original feels so much like an archetype that I suspect any sequel would be little more than a footnote.


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