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Ferdinando e Carolina (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy, History | 2 April 1999 (Italy)
On his death bed in the 1820s, King Ferdinando I of Naples tries to escape the ghosts of his bloody kingship by remembering his younger days, when he was allowed to go hunting and have fun,... See full summary »

Director:

Lina Wertmüller
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6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Assisi ... Ferdinando I Borbone
Gabriella Pession ... Maria Carolina d'Asburgo
Nicole Grimaudo ... Princess of Medina
Adriano Pantaleo ... Ferdinando I Borbone (child)
Lola Pagnani ... Sara Goudar
Carlo Caprioli Carlo Caprioli ... Emperor Giuseppe d'Asburgo
Moira Grassi ... Countess S. Marco
Vanessa Sabet Vanessa Sabet ... Maria Giuseppa
Matt Patresi ... Angelo Goudar
Yari Gugliucci ... Gennarino Rivelli
Lucilla Vacondìo Lucilla Vacondìo ... Lady Stratfordshire
Elena Presti Elena Presti ... Princess of Floridia
Paolo De Giorgio ... Principe di Caramanico
Giuseppe Bottiglieri Giuseppe Bottiglieri ... Giacomo Goudar
Giuliano Amatucci Giuliano Amatucci ... Fedele
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On his death bed in the 1820s, King Ferdinando I of Naples tries to escape the ghosts of his bloody kingship by remembering his younger days, when he was allowed to go hunting and have fun, and inventing love games. Then he was obliged to marry Mary Caroline of Austria, daughter of Empress Mary Theresa, in a political marriage: unexpectedly, they became happy lovers, until court power games divided them, and a different historical season arrived. Written by Alessio F. Bragadini <alessio@dsnet.it>

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Genres:

Comedy | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Stylish historical romp is one of its director's best films.
6 March 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The eighteenth century king of Naples lies dying and we trigger flashbacks of his life played as a bawdy romp.

Vintage Wertmuller - the handsomest film she has done with shuttered sun falling over palatial interiors and mobs of impressively costumed servants, courtesans and officials milling round the historical monuments and manicured lawns. The compressed form is remarkable, as when finally a cut puts the dying king's memory of the twenty year old naked Princess against a flash of her, aged, black veiled, long deceased, being dumped in the bed beside him. The women are presented gorgeously, juxtaposed with the comic, plain featured lead. The sinister side can just be spotted flashing by.

A lot of it needs more knowledge of Italian history than most viewers will bring to it - "Culture is the weapon that will return Naples to Spain."


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 April 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferdinando and Carolina See more »

Filming Locations:

Caserta, Campania, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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