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The Changing of the Guard (1962)

Il cambio della guardia (original title)
During WW2 ,it's not wise to be a mayor chosen by the fascists with the Americans' impending arrival.

Director:

Giorgio Bianchi

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Albert Valentin (screenplay), Jean Manse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Fernandel ... Attilio Cappelaro
Gino Cervi ... Mario Vinicio
Franco Parenti Franco Parenti ... Virgili
Andrea Aureli ... Luciano Mezzanotte
Franck Fernandel Franck Fernandel ... Gianni Cappelaro
Milla Sannoner Milla Sannoner ... Aurora Vinicio
Dada Gallotti Dada Gallotti ... Silvana Crippa
Gérard Herter ... Ufficiale tedesco (as Gerhard Herter)
Amelia Perrella Amelia Perrella ... Bianca Vinicio
Giuseppe Giannetto Giuseppe Giannetto ... Don Fausto
Giuseppe Fortis Giuseppe Fortis ... Luciano Crippa
Piero Vivaldi Piero Vivaldi ... Vernazza (as Pietro Vivaldi)
Jimmy il Fenomeno ... Il spadassin
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WW2:Mario is the mayor ,and a mayor chosen by the fascists in a small town in Italy.And the Americans are about to arrive .A coward -as most of the characters of the film- he wants to call it a day and he asks his "good friend" the innkeeper ,Attilio , to replace him . Nobody wants to be a hero;in fact everybody's is busy saving his hide .Even when a fascist leader is murdered , they hide the body. Written by dbdumonteil

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Changing of the Guard See more »

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28 October 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Probably made to capitalize on the success of Duvivier's "Don Camillo"SAGA ,this movie suffered accordingly;you do not change a winning team and here they are again:Fernandel and Gino Cervi.But it was not a blockbuster though.

Personally,as one of Duvivier's greatest fans,I have never thought ,however,that "Don Camillo" is among his best works ;so why not giving this one a chance?

Okay ,Cervi is the mayor again,and a mayor chosen by the fascists in a small town in Italy.And the Americans are about to arrive .A coward -as most of the characters of the film- he wants to call it a day and he asks his "good friend" the innkeeper (Fernandel) to replace him .

This is a pleasant comedy in which nobody wants to be a hero;in fact everybody's is busy saving his hide .Even when a fascist leader is murdered , they hide the body.The whodunit side does not matter ,although its solution is certainly smarter than many others. It's the depiction of an opportunist microcosm,where they furbish the German soldiers' helmets to use them to get rid of the militia and play "OH Suzanna" and "Yankee doodle" (and ring the bells) to welcome their liberators.

Fernandel's son is played by the actor's own son Franck (debut).You should see him bewail the fate of his poor boy,drafted on the very day of his wedding.


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