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Amici miei - Atto II° (1982)

The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Leonardo Benvenuti (as Leo Benvenuti), Piero De Bernardi | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Conte Raffaello Mascetti
Gastone Moschin ... Arch - Rambaldo Melandri
Adolfo Celi ... Professor Alfeo Sassaroli
Renzo Montagnani ... Guido Necchi
Milena Vukotic ... Alice Mascetti
Franca Tamantini ... Carmen Necchi
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... Nora Perozzi
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Vedovo
Domiziana Giordano ... Noemi
Tommaso Bianco Tommaso Bianco ... Fornaio
Yole Marinelli Yole Marinelli
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Savino Capogreco
Philippe Noiret ... Giorgio Perozzi
Carmen Elisabete Dias Da Silva Carmen Elisabete Dias Da Silva ... Twister
Fiorentina Bucci Fiorentina Bucci
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The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and while they recall the one they created together with the late friend, new ones are on their way, starting right there at the cemetery. Written by Alessio F. Bragadini <alessio@post.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 December 1982 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

My Friends Act II See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmauro See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Count Mascetti hosts Perozzi's son as a grammar school kid in the very same house where he lives in Amici miei, but in the former movie we see how the house is first rented by Mascetti when Perozzi's son is a fully grownup adult. See more »

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Followed by Amici miei - Atto III° (1985) See more »

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The bittersweet recipe of comedy
19 May 2011 | by FrankroySee all my reviews

In front of Pisa's leaning tower, tourists from various countries queue to visit the world-famous building. Suddenly, four men dressed in orange uniforms jump from a vehicle of "Towers maintenance". After gauging the inclination of the tower, they organize visitors, shouting alarm warnings and orders by megaphone: on one side, those who support the building with their bare hands; on the other, those who hold it by means of a long rope. Police sirens are hear approximating the location. The four flee in the truck, while tourists remain in their places with goofy air. On the run, the four cheaters are stopped by a police officer who demands the driver his license. Presenting it and after a moment of awe, they discover that the document belongs to the driver's wife's lover. In fact, the husband himself had inducted her to infidelity, by pointing, by pure joke, her "unknown admirer". Leap in time. It is the moment of confrontation of the husband, owner of a restaurant, with the "rival", now a customer of the establishment. The wife, displaying a black eye as punishment for her treason, warns her man of the alleged lover presence. The expectation of a scene of blood fades in a more prosaic, ridiculing and "tasty" vengeance,: the client is forced to take down, to the last drop, a bowl of soup enriched with the urine of the "ristorante" owner. These sequences reveal the way Mario Monicelli filmed comedy. The comic situations, in a bittersweet tone, meet and interpenetrate. Some of the episodes have markedly satirical character; in general, evil deeds the protagonists plan and apply on people passing by. Sometimes, however, the circumstances of their mediocre lives and somewhat advanced age turn them into victims, in situations more or less tragic and irreversible — such as the unwanted pregnancy of a young daughter or the death of a irreverence comrade, whose tomb they visit at the beginning of the film. Still, even a disaster as the 1966' flooding of Florence can be object of a sentence or a flippant proposal. The comic effect is a result of the decoupage and editing of such an illogical succession/interpenetration of eccentric events. Thus, Monicelli active spectator's emotions that go beyond cathartic laughter in front of a merely ridiculous unusual, confusing, eschatological, etc. situation. All very different from the current Hollywood teen comedies, full of eschatology transformed without any creativity into cliché.


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