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Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

Due soldi di speranza (original title)
The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing ... See full summary »

Director:

Renato Castellani

Writers:

Renato Castellani (screenplay), Renato Castellani (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Fiore Maria Fiore ... Carmela
Vincenzo Musolino Vincenzo Musolino ... Antonio
Filomena Russo Filomena Russo ... Antonio's Mother
Luigi Astarita Luigi Astarita ... Pasquale Artu
Luigi Barone Luigi Barone ... The priest
Felicità Lettieri Felicità Lettieri ... Signora Artu (as Felicia Lettieri)
Carmela Cirillo Carmela Cirillo ... Giulia
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti ... Flora Angelini
Tommaso Balzamo Tommaso Balzamo ... Luigi Bellomo (as Tommaso Balzano)
Pasqualina Izza Pasqualina Izza
Anna Raiola Anna Raiola ... Signora Bellomo
Alfonso Del Sorbo Alfonso Del Sorbo ... Sacrestano
Luigi Cutino Luigi Cutino
Antonio Balzamo Antonio Balzamo ... (as Antonio Balzano)
Gioacchino Morrone Gioacchino Morrone
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Storyline

The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart's desire. Once he's "hooked," Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 April 1952 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Cents Worth of Hope See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universalcine See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship cerificate # 11641 delivered on March 18th 1952 See more »

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Featured in Fejezetek a film történetéböl: A neorealizmus (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculì, Funiculà
Music by Luigi Denza
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
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Great mood established with romance and Naples.
27 March 2008 | by GblakeliiSee all my reviews

Is love the only ingredient needed to enable a young couple to be married? Through most of this motion picture the answer seems to be no, as Antonio and Carmela are in love and yet the odds are against them getting married. This is the simple plot line which focuses in on the two very well developed characters and their fight to be accepted together. The strong personality and overwhelming free spirit of Carmela, excellently portrayed by Maria Fiore has to be one of the most interesting female characters in film history. The story starts out with Antonio having served time as a soldier and returning home to his financially challenged mother and sisters. Almost at once Carmela is on the scene flirting with Antonio. His main concern, though, is securing a job. The rest of the film switches back and forth between Antonio and Carmela and his trials and tribulations with both his short term employment ventures and the problems arising with young love. Their situation isn't helped with Carmela's brother and father being against their proposed marriage. Village life is very well explored in this movie that has a very broad appeal. Mack Sennett felt that a fast pace was the key ingredient to a good movie and Two Pennyworth of Hope moves along at the speed of light. The VCR timer and other sources give this a running time of 95 minutes. Technically speaking the movie isn't in b&w as a red film stock was used as a source for this VHS video version. The white subtitles need to be encased in black as about 10% are impossible to read.


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