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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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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculì, Funiculà
Music by Luigi Denza
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
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Dated but worth a watch.
24 June 2018 | by VoniaSee all my reviews

Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) Director: Renato Castellani Watched: 6/22/18 Rating: 5/10

With local talent, Filmed at Mount Vesuvius; Great sitcom antics, Poverty against true love, True Italian village life.

Rallying ending, But no one was "stark naked". Distant characters, Lax voice-over narration, More frenzied yelling than laughs.

Somonka is a form of poetry that is essentially two tanka poems (the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format), the second stanza a response to the first. Traditionally, each is a love letter and it requires two authors, but sometimes a poet takes on two personas. My somonka will be a love/hate letter to this film? #Somonka #PoemReview #Italian #PalmedOr


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