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Don Camillo e l'on. Peppone (1955)

Bewildered, Don Camillo learns that Peppone intends to stand for parliament. Determined to thwart his ambitions, the good priest, ignoring the recommendations of the Lord, decides to campaign against him.

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Carmine Gallone

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René Barjavel (dialogue), Giovanni Guareschi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Don Camillo
Gino Cervi ... Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi
Claude Sylvain ... Clotilde
Leda Gloria Leda Gloria ... La signora Bottazzi, moglie di Peppone / Madame Botazzi, la femme de Peppone
Umberto Spadaro Umberto Spadaro ... Bezzi
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Lo Spiccio
Saro Urzì ... Brusco, il parucchiere / Brusco, le coiffeur
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... Il maresciallo
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Judge
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Lo Smilzo
Giuseppe Vinaver Giuseppe Vinaver
Lamberto Maggiorani
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary
Giovanni Onorato Giovanni Onorato ... Il Lungo
Renzo Giovampietro Renzo Giovampietro
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Bewildered, Don Camillo learns that Peppone intends to stand for parliament. Determined to thwart his ambitions, the good priest, ignoring the recommendations of the Lord, decides to campaign against him.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 October 1955 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Camillo's Last Round See more »

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Rizzoli Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #19632 delivered on 25 August 1955. See more »

Goofs

When the mayor is answering questions to show his intelligence, some subtitles get the formulae for the surface area and volume of a sphere, wrong. In fact the character gets them right. See more »

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Follows The Return of Don Camillo (1953) See more »

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Electioneering in Brescello
18 December 2006 | by nablaquadroSee all my reviews

This is the middle episode of the Don Camillo / Peppone saga and probably my favorite along with DC Monsignore ma non troppo.

Peppone, hardened mayor in Brescello, the small village on the Po river, aspires to become senator. Neither before or after WWII, where he fought against the Germans and fascists, he never went seriously to school, so he needs (at least) a diploma. Believe it or not, don Camillo helps Peppone to pass the examination (with the forecast of moving to Rome) prompting him the solution of geometry's problem. As implicit reward, Peppone writes a composition about "A man I'll never forget": obviously don Camillo, when Peppone was a resistant in WWII, and don Camillo the young military chaplain. Getting the diploma was the first step. The election campaign just started and the two big parties - Christian-democratic and Communist, forgetful of respective favors, settle down an electoral "war of the words", mean tricks (culminating with the famous horny Peppone/Lucifer) and easy propaganda.

Two things still shock today. 1) Giovannino Guareschi (the writer/author of don Camillo's saga) wasn't anti-communist at all, but he never hid the real nature, sanguine, gross, mentally brainwashed of communists (the same stating how lush and rich was the Stalin's Russia). He was a partisan, stop. He fought the fascists and the Nazis, but he never "fell in love" with Stalin or Krushev. Guareschi understood primarily what needed to Italy to rise from the ashes of war. 2) Communists in Italy (today) still resemble the 40s and 50s era, and fight their propaganda still means to be a bigot or an obscurantist. Guareschi tales, therefore, seem written today in many aspects. Not for the rural and tried Italy, but its never-ending inability to find a political barycenter.


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