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Il conte Max (1957)

Alberto, a newspaper man, tries a one-time shot of living the good life with the help of his penniless mentor.


Giorgio Bianchi


Amleto Palermi (story), Ruggero Maccari (screenplay) (as R. Maccari) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Alberto Sordi ... Alberto Boccetti
Vittorio De Sica ... Conte Max Orsini Varaldo
Anne Vernon ... Baroness Elena di Villombrosa
Susana Canales ... Lauretta Campo (as Susanna Canales)
Tina Pica ... La zia
Juan Calvo ... Lo zio Giovanni
Jacinto San Emeterio ... Don Juan de Figueroa (as Jacinto Sam Emeterio)
Diletta D'Andrea Diletta D'Andrea ... Pucci - sorella di Elena
Mino Doro ... Maj. Guido Amadori
Piero Stucchi Piero Stucchi ... Giovanni Sampieri - 'Meme'
Antonella Florio Antonella Florio ... Patrizia
Alberto Craig Alberto Craig ... Stefano (as Albert Graig)
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti ... Gianluca (as Edoardo Biagetti)
Nani Colombo Nani Colombo ... Nené (as Nany Colombo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carleton Varney Carleton Varney ... Party guest and dancer


Alberto is a newspaper vendor in Roma fascinated by the local high society. His secret dream is to be part of it or at least socialize with that people he can only watch on the newspapers he sells. When Alberto befriends with an aristocratic older man, 'Il Conte Max', fallen into disgrace, his dreams seem to be realized. In fact Max starts to teach him the right manners and social habit to enter high society world. Through this, unexpectedly, Alberto succeeds to have a relationship with a young baroness! But the more he goes on, the more he starts understanding it is better to stay within is previous world. Written by 1felco

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Italian censorship certificate # 24684 delivered on 27-7-1957. See more »


Remake of Mister Max (1937) See more »


Com'e gentil
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini
(from the comic opera "Don Pasquale")
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Class tells!
25 May 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

The history of cinema is littered with inferior remakes but this film of Giorgio Bianchi is certainly a match for Camerini's 'white telephone' comedy of 1937. Both films star Vittorio de Sica as Max but here he is an impoverished aristocrat who is tutoring news vendor Alberto in how to behave in the company of his social superiors. Armed with this knowledge he tries his luck in the playgrounds of the rich. He manages to get away with the masquerade for a while but then his humiliation in a game of Bridge brings about the painful realisation that he is literally out of his class. The social climber is played to perfection by Alberto Sordi. He is hilarious and his timing is perfect especially in his scenes with the immaculate de Sica. Anne Vernon is splendidly superficial and well 'dubbed' as the Countess while the maid with whom Alberto finds true happiness is played by the appealing Susana Canales. This delightful, well-paced and entertaining comedy simply serves to remind us that 'Birds of a feather flock together' and that punching above ones weight can be a bruising experience! A third version directed by and starring de Sica's son Christian, is utterly worthless.

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6 November 1957 (Spain) See more »

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