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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 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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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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References A Special Day (1977) See more »

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A New Great Film by Ettore Scola
26 February 2001 | by a_mazzantiSee all my reviews

The new Scola's movie shows the dramatic life of a group of Jew people during the Italian Fascism. It shows the great difficulties of living in Italy for a Jew retailer and his family after the enforcement of Racial Laws in 1938. It shows the friendship among a Catholic Italian (Abatantuono) and a Jew one (Castellitto).

I liked the movie very much, it is perfectly acted by Diego Abatantuono and Sergio Castellitto and Gerard Depardieu in a little role as Abatantuono's brother.

In spite of the plot, that is not very original, the film tells with efficiency about the human tragedies of those years. It remembers us once again how much cruel can be the discrimination.

And we all have to remember it, especially now.


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