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Unfair Competition (2001)

Concorrenza sleale (original title)
Two linen fabric dealers with their shops close to one another, battle against each other for more and more costumers. Umberto constantly loses clients because of the tough competition ... See full summary »

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Furio Scarpelli (story), Ettore Scola (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ... Umberto Melchiori
Sergio Castellitto ... Leone DellaRocca
Gérard Depardieu ... Professor Angelo
Antonella Attili ... Giuditta DellaRocca
Claudio Bigagli ... Police inspector
Sandra Collodel Sandra Collodel ... DellaRocca's Maid
Augusto Fornari Augusto Fornari ... Zio Peppino
Elio Germano ... Paolo Melchiori
Sabrina Impacciatore Sabrina Impacciatore ... Matilde
Eliana Miglio ... Mrs. Di Veroli
Rolando Ravello Rolando Ravello ... Ignazietto Paspinelli
Gioia Spaziani Gioia Spaziani ... Susanna DellaRocca
Anita Zagaria Anita Zagaria ... Margherita Melchiori
Simone Ascani Simone Ascani ... Lele DellaRocca
Walter Dragonetti Walter Dragonetti ... Pietruccio Melchiori / narrator
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Storyline

Two linen fabric dealers with their shops close to one another, battle against each other for more and more costumers. Umberto constantly loses clients because of the tough competition brought by Leone, who offers the best prices in the neighborhood. But they leave differences aside when the rise of Fascism places Anti-Semitic politics which rigidly control business like the one conducted by the Jewish Leone, and those new regulations are viewed by Umberto as completely unfair. The long rivalry soon becomes a great friendship. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Drama | War

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Competencia desleal See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Michele Riondino auditioned for the role of Paolo. See more »

Quotes

Professor Angelo: [correcting a kid's lesson] 5 for the grammar, less 5 for the ideas, equals zero. Yes. Zero.
Umberto Melchiori: I won't discuss the grammar but the ideas were quite clear.
Professor Angelo: This dammed regime killed the critical sense of the country, it left us stupid. Even the children got pompuous. Where's the irony?
Umberto Melchiori: You're asking me? I don't know.
Professor Angelo: You don't know anything.
[pauses]
Professor Angelo: It's dead.
Umberto Melchiori: Who?
Professor Angelo: The irony.
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Connections

References A Special Day (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

La Rumba delle Noccioline (The Peanuts Vendor)
Written by Moïse Simons (as Simons), Simenoni
FRANCHI C. Casa Editrice Musicale, S.r.l.
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Warm, human, touching description about human behaviour in totalitarism. Recommended.
23 April 2003 | by mattimSee all my reviews

Very nice to see that this kind of movies are still made. The story shows us the affect the totalitarism has for people unable or too lazy to think themselves. The development of friendship of two small boys show us clearly how stupid and childish are all the reasons for racism.


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