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Smoke Over London (1966)

Fumo di Londra (original title)
Dante Fontana is an antique dealer of Perugia, and is infatuated with British culture. But he is always thwarted by his wife and relatives, who see him as a silly dreamer who gets lost in stories rather than doing serious work.

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Alberto Sordi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Dante Fontana
Fiona Lewis ... Elizabeth
Amy Dalby Amy Dalby ... Duchess of Bradford
Alfredo Marchetti Alfredo Marchetti ... Il Conte Bolla
Clara Bindi Clara Bindi ... La Moglie
Michael Trubshawe ... Il Colonello
Massimo Ungaretti Massimo Ungaretti ... Un Amigo
Romano Giomini Romano Giomini ... Un Viaggiatore
Pamela Hollyer Pamela Hollyer ... Lady Rachel
George Jones George Jones ... Chauffeur
Pad John Wells Pad John Wells ... Guest at Diana's
William Mostin Owen William Mostin Owen ... Reginald
Elizabeth Rutter Elizabeth Rutter ... Angel
Jean St. Clair Jean St. Clair ... Headmistress
Philip John Trihble Philip John Trihble ... The Scotsman
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Dante Fontana is an antique dealer of Perugia, and is infatuated with British culture. But he is always thwarted by his wife and relatives, who see him as a silly dreamer who gets lost in stories rather than doing serious work.

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Italy

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Italian | English

Release Date:

4 March 1966 (Italy) See more »

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Fono Roma See more »
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Mono

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Richmond Bridge
Written by Alberto Sordi, Lydia MacDonald and Piero Piccioni
Performed by Julie Rogers
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More for Albertone than for the movie itself
27 September 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

"Smoke over London" ("Fumo di Londra") is the very first feature of Alberto Sordi as director. The Roman was one of the best comic actors of the Italian cinema, he made many memorable films. (We don't have to forget that Federico Fellini made him a star: he chose Sordi for his first two features, "Lo sceicco bianco" and "I vitelloni".)

With this movie, in 1966, Sordi took a new challenge in his career -directing.

Dante Fontana (Sordi) is an Italian man in love with British culture and lifestyle. His dream is coming to the Swingin'London and living like a typical Englishman -he will test the impossibility, for him, to be English...

Albertone (in Italy he was called in this way!) is funny and comical as always. Unfortunately his debut is not special -only a few exceptions of his self-directed movies are very good, like "Polvere di stelle" or "Finché c'è guerra c'è speranza". The reason is that this movie sometimes is boring and loses speed. The way of directing is rather self-indulgent; Sordi loses time with many shots of London -it seems a postcard. Albertone loved filming stories outside Italy and the fault is always the same: focusing more on the environment than in the story. It's a pity, it's like he wastes part of his performing energy.

Sordi gives the best of himself when he's directed by someone else (for example Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola, Vittorio De Sica, Luigi Comencini... in other words the Italian comedy big directors). In these contests he works in an excellent way.

But Alberto Sordi is always nice and funny and the movie is not bad. I say OK for "Smoke over London" most for his actor than for the film itself.


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