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The Teacher from Vigevano (1963)

Il maestro di Vigevano (original title)
Primary school teacher Mr. Mombelli, nevertheless satisfied with his life, is driven by his wife to resign and starting a new activity. He invest all his goodwill setting up a footwear ... See full summary »

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Agenore Incrocci (adaptation) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Mombelli
Claire Bloom ... Ada
Vito De Taranto Vito De Taranto ... Headmaster
Ya Doucheskaya Ya Doucheskaya ... Eva
Guido Spadea Guido Spadea ... Nanini
Eva Magni Eva Magni ... Widow Nanini
Piero Mazzarella Piero Mazzarella ... Bugatti
Lilla Ferrante Lilla Ferrante ... Cuore
Ezio Sancrotti Ezio Sancrotti ... Mombelli's brother-in-law
Anna Carena Anna Carena ... Drivaldi
Umberto Rocco Umberto Rocco
Carlo Montini Carlo Montini
Adriana Tocchio Adriana Tocchio ... Racalmuto
Tullio Scovazzi Tullio Scovazzi ... Rino
Enzo Savone Enzo Savone ... Menelik Bugatti
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Primary school teacher Mr. Mombelli, nevertheless satisfied with his life, is driven by his wife to resign and starting a new activity. He invest all his goodwill setting up a footwear little factory. But after some time, unexpectedly, a financial review by fiscal authorities drive the firm to ruin. Ada, his wife, starts to be unfaithful and this is another strong hit to his life. But it isn't still enough, a tragedy is waiting Mombelli behind the corner. Written by 1felco

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 December 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Nauczyciel z Vigevano See more »

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Mono (Westrex System)
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Italian censorship visa # 41887 delivered on 18-12-1963. See more »

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Italian black comedy of the 1950 - 60's golden period of Italian cinema !
14 December 2001 | by skulli99See all my reviews

Again a sad comedy about the reality of post war economic boom time in Italy .... and the difficulty of the humble average Italian trying to adapt to the new reality !! Alberto Sordi plays the part of a humble elementary school teacher good at his job , happy with his modest station in society ! Not so his beautiful ambitious wife whom he loves dearly ! As in many Alberto Sordi films, his character always profoundly devouted to his wife, falls victim to his wife's exaggerated ambitions....with disastrous consequences !! Because its directed by the Genovese film director Elio Petri(a film director sensitive to social issues), this Italian comedy is even more hard hitting in its condemnation of consumerist fever and down right greed which hit Italy in the 1950's and 1960's, and it presents a rather negative picture of Italian women(which unfortunately is realistic). Unlike American films which always ends on a happy note, this film ends sadly but realistically in the best traditions of European cinema ! This film is similar to "il boom" , but better ! My vote , definitely 9 (a vote I rarely give to Italian films).


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