1900 (1976) Poster


Romolo Valli: Giovanni Berlinghieri


  • Giovanni Berlinghieri : [after a big hailstorm]  What's happened? Lost your tongue, have you? Go head, tell them! How much grain have we lost? Tell them!

    Leo Dalcò : Half.

    Giovanni Berlinghieri : So, it's simple-you'll have to be satisfied with half pay. Take it or leave it.

    Peasant : When we harvest double we don't get double pay.

    Giovanni Berlinghieri : If I were to be honest, if I were to look after my interests alone, I should ditch you, fire the lot of you! Especially all you day laborers. And if you here weren't such an ignorant bunch, you would thank me! Because the one making the biggest sacrifice is me. What's the problem, anyway? Who gives the orders here? Who's the padrone? Hey you!

    [points to the Peasant] 

    Giovanni Berlinghieri : We've lost nearly everything, didn't you hear? And yet, your ears are both big enough!

    [the Peasant cuts off one of his ears and hands it to him] 

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