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The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life (1972)

La più bella serata della mia vita (original title)
A salesman chasing by car a beautiful female biker in order to flirt finds a castle where he is accused in a game trial for murder.

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Ettore Scola
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Alberto Sordi ... Alfredo Rossi
Michel Simon ... Avvocato Zorn
Charles Vanel ... Il Presidente, Giudice Dutz
Claude Dauphin ... Cancelliere Bouisson
Janet Agren ... Simonetta
Giuseppe Maffioli Giuseppe Maffioli ... Pilet
Pierre Brasseur ... Avvocato Conte La Brunetière
Hans-Jürgen Ballmann Hans-Jürgen Ballmann ... Mechanic (as Hans Ballmann)
Dieter Ballmann Dieter Ballmann ... Mechanic
Bruno Boschetti Bruno Boschetti
Giorgio Ricci Giorgio Ricci
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A salesman chasing by car a beautiful female biker in order to flirt finds a castle where he is accused in a game trial for murder.

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Pierre Brasseur died during the filming. See more »

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The night of the judges or Scola's triumph
22 June 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

That many Ettore Scola's fans do not even know the existence of this gem is beyond me."Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vida" has everything a movie buff demands: -A first-class screenplay,where ,at every minute,you can expect the unexpected.

-An incredibly extraordinary cast:think of it!Alberto Sordi,one of the luminaries of the brilliant Italian cinema,pit against the creme de la creme of French veterans :Pierre Brasseur,Charles Vanel and ,last but not least ,Michel Simon!A dream of a cast and Scola directs them in a masterful way.

"Piu Bella Serata" borrows elements from Agatha Christie's "And then there were none " -aka "ten little Indians" ,Claude Autant-Lara's "L'Auberge Rouge" -the endings are similar-, Julien Duvivier's "Marie -Octobre" or Robert Hossein's unfairly overlooked "Jeu de la Vérité".But all those elements,Scola makes them his very own ,and his movie has no cause to be jealous of those previous works."Piu Bella Serata" is arguably one of the finest Italian movies of the seventies.

Like Luigi Comencini's overlooked classic "Lo Scopone Scientifico " -where Alberto Sordi played opposite Bette Davis and Joseph Cotten-,this film is a fable.And you have got to pay attention to comprehend all the serious heavy things the director tells us.

These three retired magistrates want to carry on with their work:judging people is their idée fixe ,they are akin to Racine's central character in "Les Plaideurs"."We have already judged Joan of Ark,Dreyfuss and others " says Simon,but we do prefer judging people in the flesh!" The movie also deals with the skeletons in the closet:Sordi's character is not the goofy naive bon vivant he seems to be.Little by little,we discover he might be a monster (He would be one in Mario Monicelli's "I Nuovi Monstri" a brilliant film made of sketches,1978) The judges' desirable mansion in the Swiss mountains with its baroque decorations ,its hunting trophies (what a symbol) ,Janet Agren's luminous beauty (the perfect bait),add to an entrancing atmosphere.The movie runs the whole gamut: it' sometimes a hilarious comedy,sometimes a fantasy and horror gem (with accents of "the most dangerous game" ),sometimes a detective story,sometimes a melodrama (Sordi's childhood).The only flaw is perhaps the last scene:it should have been briefer.This is minor quibble.

Expect the unexpected!Enjoy!


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21 December 1972 (Italy) See more »

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