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Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

Due soldi di speranza (original title)
A love story between a poor fellow and a daughter of respected workshop owner set in an Italian post-war village.

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 ... 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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Trivia

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


Soundtracks

Funiculì, Funiculà
Music by Luigi Denza
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
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A riotous love story, surviving against the odds.
22 December 2014 | by rooakSee all my reviews

Castellani let it rip with this one! The movie's a riot — but a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Carmela, the daughter of a well-to-do village fireworks manufacturer, relentlessly pursues Antonio, the returned soldier son, now unemployed, of a less than honest poor village woman.

Finally, of course love triumphs... but it's a rocky road to get there! Slowly Antonio is wooed — and when he is, he's resolute — but then they face the reluctance of both sets of parents to their match — and Antonio's sister's indiscretion with another wealthy landowner doesn't help.

I was exhausted by the end with all the shrieking, weeping, chastising and emotional swinging.

The movie is beautifully filmed. Some of the editing is a little rough. The direction improves as the movie goes along. Nino Rota gives us a taste of how his musical gift will develop in subsequent years.


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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

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Universalcine See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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