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Unfair Competition (2001)

Concorrenza sleale (original title)
Two textile traders, with the shop close to one another, fight for the supremacy of their own business during the racial laws in Italy.


Ettore Scola


Furio Scarpelli (story), Ettore Scola (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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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.
Professor Angelo: It's dead.
Umberto Melchiori: Who?
Professor Angelo: The irony.
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References A Special Day (1977) See more »


La Bohème: Mi chiamano Mimì
Music by Giacomo Puccini
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good but not Scola at his best
15 March 2001 | by minavaganteSee all my reviews

I went to see this because I absolutely loved Una giornata particolare (starring among others Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, Ettore Scola's other movie about the enforcement of racial laws in Italy in 1938. Concorrenza SLeale is not as good, showing some great points but somehow lacking "a glue" that keeps it all together; maybe the movie should have concentrated a little bit less on the daily life of the two families, although this is probably the only way to tell such a story. all the actors are great, the kids, the elderly, Castellitto and Abatantuono and (of course) Depardieu, with a special mention for Sabrina Impacciatore (the shop assistant) and Emanuele Salce as the weird guy hired by Abatantuono. still on the good points, the historical reconstruction is great: a street with *real* homes was built in cinecitta', and all the props are from the right period, from ad posters to a technical drawing-table; unfortunately this does not apply to the dialogues, which are a little bit too informal, even inside a family, for 1938 Italy.

All in all, one to see, but first enjoy "Una giornata particolare", you won't regret it.

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23 February 2001 (Italy) See more »

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