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A Difficult Life (1961)

Una vita difficile (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 22 December 1961 (Italy)
Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment.


Dino Risi


Rodolfo Sonego
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Silvio Magnozzi
Lea Massari ... Elena Pavinato
Franco Fabrizi ... Franco Simonini
Lina Volonghi Lina Volonghi ... Amelia Pavinato
Claudio Gora ... Commendator Bracci
Antonio Centa ... Carlo - Elena's Friend
Mino Doro ... Gino Laganà - Silvio's Friend
Daniele Vargas ... Marchese Cafferoni
Loredana Nusciak ... Giovanna - Elena's Friend (as Loredana Cappelletti)
Borante Domizlaff Borante Domizlaff
Edith Peters Edith Peters ... Self (as Edith Catalano Peters)
Valeria Manganelli Valeria Manganelli
Paolino Vanni Paolino Vanni ... Paolino Magnozzi
Bruna Perego Bruna Perego
Alfonsina Cetti Alfonsina Cetti


Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment.

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Comedy | Drama | War


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Italian censorship visa # 36203 delivered on 19 December 1961. See more »


Referenced in Al ladro (1962) See more »

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like Italian lazy romantic atmosphere? this one is for you!
2 March 2006 | by kleitaSee all my reviews

I'd say that it is the most Italian movie I've seen in my whole life (and yes I have seen a lots of them). The keyword is LAZY.

OK, there are a lot of things happening around the characters of the movie- the time is WWII. of course it was a hard time for Italians- Germans occupying Rome etc it isn't that they don't care about them. They do. anyway they don't do anything special, revolutional or hysterical. They just enjoy the life. maybe it wasn't the main idea of Dino Risi when he was making the film but is the main idea for me.

Perhaps I like it so much just cause for the first time I saw different Alberto Sordi- not that kind of crazy and stupid, and greedy man who all the time is jumping around and eating pasta and telling far-from-clever jokes to far-from-sexy and hysterical women. Maybe it is because first time in my life I heard the Italian hymn (Fratelli d'italia) used as a background in a movie and it didn't sound neither officious nor impertinent. Perhaps it is because of the atmosphere that is so lazy and romantic- the conversation scene in the bed in a lodge placed in the middle of the forest between Silvio and the young girl while his friends partisans were 'playing with the guns' outside. This is the way I saw Italy for the last time I was there. It was in autumn. Don't get me wrong- the events aren't taking place in autumn. It's just about the atmosphere.

I will lie if I say that this is a very important relating the history of civilization film. It isn't. It doesn't solve any psychological or political problems neither. Maybe it is more for those who are excited with Italy for the right reasons but don't live there yet/anymore.

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22 December 1961 (Italy) See more »

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