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Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone.Written by
When Augusto and his daughter are sitting in the open-air café, the watch he is giving to his daughter jumps from his hand to on her wrist immediately. See more »
You give your wife every cent! Jerk!
[Trying to get approval]
But, Augusto, I...
People like us can't have families. One must be free to move. You can't have a wife. You must be alone. The most important thing when you're young is freedom. It's more important thn the air you breathe. You're scared now! What will you do when you're my age?
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The DVD released by Image Entertainment in 2001 is 91 minutes. A 114-minute print of the film is circulating art houses and festivals (2003). See more »
Amazing beauty. Broderick Crawford will make you cry
Il Bidone is the story of an old and tired con man, who one day, when it's too late, finds himself transformed after he's gone through a redemption of sorts. One of Fellini's least seen films, and unfortunately for viewers in the US, a cut version has been the only one available since its initial release. Even still, it's an amazing film. As I remember it was Truffault who said of Il Bidone, 'I could watch Broderick Crawford die for hours!' And he was very right. Crawford tended to be such a hack in the vast majority of his work for films and TV, but Fellini got an extraordinary performance out of him. Makes you wonder if he was capable of things like this all the time - if so - what a sad loss for us. He was a really bad alcoholic and Fellini kept having to change the script, but later in life said it turned out better that way. If you cry while watching La Strada and Le Notti di Cabiria, Il Bidone will make you cry much more. A forgotten and neglected classic. Proof again of Fellini's astonishing love and compassion for all humanity.
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