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Fantozzi (1975)

Based on Paolo Villaggio's books "Fantozzi" and "Il secondo, tragico Fantozzi", which are popular in Italy, this film tells the story of an unfortunate accountant's life over the course of ... See full summary »

Director:

Luciano Salce

Writers:

Leonardo Benvenuti (screenplay) (as Leo Benvenuti), Piero De Bernardi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Villaggio ... Rag. Ugo Fantozzi
Anna Mazzamauro Anna Mazzamauro ... Signorina Silvani
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Rag. Filini
Giuseppe Anatrelli Giuseppe Anatrelli ... Geom. Calboni
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Gran Maestro, Conte Diego Catellani
Liù Bosisio Liù Bosisio ... Pina Fantozzi
Dino Emanuelli ... Collega di Fantozzi (as Bernardino Emanuelli)
Plinio Fernando Plinio Fernando ... Mariangela Fantozzi
Paolo Paoloni ... Mega Direttore Galattico Duca Conte G.M.Balabam
Elena Tricoli Elena Tricoli ... Teresa Catellani
Pietro Zardini Pietro Zardini ... Rag. Fonelli
Artemio Antonini Artemio Antonini ... Trucido che picchia Fantozzi
Amerigo Alberani Amerigo Alberani
Mirko Baiocchi Mirko Baiocchi ... Maestro Canello
Luciano Bonanni Luciano Bonanni ... Cliente al ristorante giapponese
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Storyline

Based on Paolo Villaggio's books "Fantozzi" and "Il secondo, tragico Fantozzi", which are popular in Italy, this film tells the story of an unfortunate accountant's life over the course of one year, shown in a variety of sketches, segments and provocative sequences making Fantozzi a very unlucky person indeed. Written by Stefano "SWEEVO" Pavone

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Comedy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Japanese | French | German

Release Date:

21 May 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das größte Rindvieh weit und breit See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rizzoli Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning creators were looking for a way to reproduce Mariangela's look as ugly as possible, like in the book. For this reason the person who plays Fantozzi's daughter is indeed a man. See more »

Quotes

Burino che distrugge la Bianchina: Get out of the car, shit head!
Burino che distrugge la Bianchina: Who's the arsehole here?
Ugo Fantozzi: [points to his face] I am! No! No! It wasn't my fault! That woman told me to!
Burino che distrugge la Bianchina: You suck! Trying to blame it on a woman! You are *scum*!
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Alternate Versions

The Italian DVD features a long sequence settled in a beauty farm, which was originally cut out of the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pasila: Non, je ne regrette rien (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ristorante Giapponese
Written by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera
Performed by Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera
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FANTOZZI (Luciano Salce, 1975) **1/2
3 January 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This film is a veritable milestone in the history of Italian film comedy and was the start of a series of 10 outings (which spanned nearly 25 years) featuring the hapless titular character, the epitome of a working-class underdog (who had been introduced in novel form by star/co-writer Paolo Villaggio himself); in itself, while patchy overall, it's still the second best in the entire series.

Here we are introduced to the characters which would reappear throughout the series: Fantozzi's frumpy wife (which would eventually be played, from the third entry onwards, by Luis Bunuel regular Milena Vukotic), his hideous daughter who looks more like a monkey (actually played a boy - subsequently a man - in drag!); his overbearing colleagues - the ever-optimistic myopic organizer (Gigi Reder), the playboy figure who's arrogant to his peers but utterly complacent to his superiors (Giuseppe Anatrelli), the free-spirited woman (Anna Mazzamauro) whom he desires but who's really quite unattractive herself; the employers, as befits the satiric nature of the films, are depicted as near deities with their offices fitted with armchairs in human skin and in whose aquariums swim a selected number of 'lucky' employees!!

The first entry has its fair share of memorably comic sequences: the football game during a thunderstorm between single and married men, Fantozzi's recurring mystical visions which invariably occur after having incurred a particularly heavy physical blow, the road rage sequence featuring a confrontation with a gang of thugs, the billiard game in which Fantozzi, after much verbal abuse, turns the tables on his superior and eventually kidnaps the latter's love-struck mother as security against his vengeance and a scene at a Japanese restaurant where, among other calamities, samurai are lopping off the limbs of those customers who are not appreciative of their cuisine!!


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