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Men and Noblemen (1959)

Uomini e nobiluomini (original title)
Nicola Peccoli has always nurtured his niece Giovanna, an orphan since the age of two and now of age, but he does not look favorably on her beloved Mario because he is just a simple employee and a lower class of society.

Director:

Giorgio Bianchi

Writers:

Emo Bistolfi (play), Mario Guerra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vittorio De Sica ... Marchese Nicola Peccori Macinelli di Afragola
Antonio Cifariello ... Mario Ludovici
Silvia Pinal ... Marchesina Giovanna Peccori Macinelli di Afragola
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... Commendator Sandrini
Raffaele Pisu ... Raffele
Alberto Talegalli Alberto Talegalli ... Frangipane
Elke Sommer ... Caterina
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Guidobaldo
Maria Grazia Spina Maria Grazia Spina ... La ragazza dell'albergo
Francesca Benedetti Francesca Benedetti ... Amalia Cavicchioni
Tiberio Murgia Tiberio Murgia ... Un detenuto
Carlo Pisacane ... Peverello
Gustavo Serena ... Doctor Bardelli
Bruno Smith Bruno Smith ... The Police Commissioner
Gianni Baghino Gianni Baghino ... The Thief disguised as a Priest (as Gianni Bachino)
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Nicola Peccoli has always nurtured his niece Giovanna, an orphan since the age of two and now of age, but he does not look favorably on her beloved Mario because he is just a simple employee and a lower class of society.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 April 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Pan, amor y Silvia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Nobless Oblige Italian nobleman to keep his niece from marrying a commoner
2 August 2014 | by gagliano-1See all my reviews

This is a light comedy that might be hard to understand by other than an Italian audience. Following the second world war and the abolition of the monarchy, Italian noblemen fell on hard times, although nobility was still regarded with awe by the majority of the public. Nonetheless, the penniless noblemen were often depicted as objects of ridicule even as commoners aspired to the now meaningless titles. Uomini e Gentiluomini is a story about the love between a commoner and a titled woman whose uncle does everything he can to prevent the two from marrying. The uncle is played with verve by Vittorio De Sica, one of the foremost Actors/Directors of postwar Italy. The movie sees the first appearance of Elke Sommer, whose role of a housemaid speaking with the accent of the Venetian dialect is spirited and worthy of note, but the rest of the cast delivers predictable performances. Sylvia Pinal, who plays the part of the niece somewhat laconically, went on to become an iconic Mexican actress. De Sica and Sommer fans may want to look this one up, but overall it's hardly worth the effort.


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