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It's a Hard Life (1964)

La vita agra (original title)
Luciano Bianchi lives with his wife and son in the small town of Guastalla. As an intellectual and bibliophile, he works as head of cultural initiatives at a mining plant.

Director:

Carlo Lizzani

Writers:

Sergio Amidei (screenplay), Luciano Bianciardi (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Luciano Bianchi
Giovanna Ralli ... Anna
Rossana Martini Rossana Martini ... Mara - wife of Luciano
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Libero Fornaciari
Elio Crovetto Elio Crovetto ... Carlone
Paola Dapino Paola Dapino ... Iolanda
Pippo Starnazza Pippo Starnazza ... The librarian
Augusto Bonardi Augusto Bonardi ... Propagandist
Maria Pia Arcangeli Maria Pia Arcangeli ... Publishing house manager
Gianni Tonolli Gianni Tonolli ... (as Gianni Tonelli)
Giuliana Rivera Giuliana Rivera
Pupo De Luca Pupo De Luca ... Don Torneri (as Gianni De Luca)
Misa Pesaro Misa Pesaro ... Iolanda's sister
Pierangelo Priaro Pierangelo Priaro
Regina Dainelli Regina Dainelli ... (as Regina Dinelli)
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Luciano Bianchi lives with his wife and son in the small town of Guastalla. As an intellectual and bibliophile, he works as head of cultural initiatives at a mining plant.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 April 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorak zivot See more »

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Production Co:

Napoleon Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The Italian singer-songwriter Enzo Jannacci makes two appearances during the movie, singing "L'ombrello di mio fratello" (1961). See more »

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References Hands Over the City (1963) See more »

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A decent movie inspired by a wonderful book
8 May 2002 | by chocolate_frogSee all my reviews

This less well known '60s Italian Comedy is the attempt to translate into a movie one of the greatest books Italian contemporary literature has to offer: Luciano Bianciardi's "La Vita Agra".

The movie tells the story of Luciano Bianchi, an intellectual coming from a provincial area of Italy, moving to Milan after a mine accident killed some of his friends and co-workers. Milan in the is the symbol of the economic growth and increasingly wealthy lifestyle that characterised Italy's in the 60s, and Luciano's life changes dramatically: he leaves his wife and kids behind, gets a new job and falls in love with Anna, a young and lefty journalist.

Carlo Lizzani modified the story told by the book in many crucial parts, and making it more suitable for a movie, he took away the most touching and extraordinary features of the book: the cruel irony, the sense of disillusionment, the struggle between personal ethics and the real world during the economic boom.

A decent movie, but I definetly recommend to read the book (it's available on translation). It's my favourite book ever, by the way.


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