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The Roof (1956)

Il tetto (original title)
Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house ... See full summary »

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Vittorio De Sica
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gabriella Pallotta ... Luisa Pilon (as Gabriella Pallotti)
Giorgio Listuzzi Giorgio Listuzzi ... Natale Pilon - Luisa's husband
Gastone Renzelli Gastone Renzelli ... Cesare, Luisa's brother-in-law
Maria Di Rollo Maria Di Rollo ... Gina
Maria Di Fiori Maria Di Fiori ... Giovanna, Cesare's wife
Emilia Maritini Emilia Maritini ... Luisa's mother
Angelo Bigioni Angelo Bigioni ... Luigi
Angelo Visentin Angelo Visentin ... Antonio Pilon
Maria Sittoro Maria Sittoro ... Natale's mother
Luisa Alessandri Luisa Alessandri ... Signora Baj
Giuseppe Martini Giuseppe Martini ... Luisa's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aldo Boi Aldo Boi
Carolina Ferri Carolina Ferri
Fernando Gerra Fernando Gerra
Luciano Pigozzi
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Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house overnight so that a newlywed couple can have their own home. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Stirring Drama! Raw and Radiant!

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Dach See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Maybe not very different from the others, but certainly one of his best
17 March 2010 | by benjaomingSee all my reviews

Having seen the amazing three masterpieces - Ladri Di Biciclette, Miracolo a Milano and Umberto D. - which De Sica made in a row, I was a bit worried that his formula could be worn out, that by '56 neorealism would be dead. I was worried that I'd grown apathetic to his tragic fates and epic portraits of the working class.. but I was WRONG! The characters in this movie are simply too real -- and most likely, they are real, since often De Sica didn't use pro actors, and none of the actors have a prior acting history according to IMDb). Growing tired of his formula would be the same as growing tired of people, stories and destinies all together. It doesn't take long for these poor Italians to win sympathy and capture emotions, and in those 8 years from Ladri di Biciclette and to Il Tetto, De Sica may not have changed his focus from the tragic lives in the lowest classes of Italian post-war history, but he's certainly gone from being just a bit over-the-top on how bad everything can get (which isn't necessarily bad) to an even more modest story. A story that could sound dull if retold with only words, but told in the hands of the genius De Sica, it becomes another gem. If you like anything else that he's made, you'll like this one, too. It's honest, it's historical, it's political, it's human, it's beautiful and more than any of his other movies, Il Tetto does shine a light for the poor.


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