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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 German dubbed version is based on the French negative. 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 »

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Very good but I think the next film in the series is a bit better...
25 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

By the way, the version I watched was not dubbed but subtitled. I mention this because one of the reviewers talked about seeing a dubbed version but this was not available on the DVD I watched. And, if it had been, I would have chosen the captions regardless.

I did an odd thing. I accidentally put the second Don Camillo film ahead of the first one on my Netflix queue. So I saw the second one first. This is not that bad a thing, however, as the second film recapped what happened in the first film when it began. But, because I loved the second film so much, I couldn't wait to see the first.

This movie begins with the town in an uproar. It's a heavily divided town and the Communists have just won the election for mayor. The old guard is quite unhappy and the unhappiest is the town's priest, Don Camillo (Fernandel). And, through most of the film, he and the Mayor butt heads and fight like dogs. It's all quite silly but enjoyable.

An odd thing about the film, just as in the second, is that Don Camillo talks to Jesus--and Jesus talks back to him through the crucifix in the church! Some might find it a bit sacrilegious, but it seemed to be handled well. Also, the town's struggles is a good microcosm of post-war Italy, as the country was strongly divided between Communists and those who wanted a right-wing republic--a problem which didn't really get resolved until the 1980s.

All in all, a very good film that I enjoyed. However, please watch the next one--it gets even better.


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