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The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

Don Camillo (original title)
A determined priest and a Communist mayor develop a grudging friendship in spite of their official rivalry.

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Julien Duvivier
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Don Camillo
Gino Cervi ... Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi
Vera Talchi Vera Talchi ... Gina Filotti (as Vera Talqui)
Franco Interlenghi ... Mariolino della Bruciata
Sylvie ... Signora Cristina
Charles Vissières Charles Vissières ... Il Vescovo (as Charles Vissiere)
Clara Auteri Pepe Clara Auteri Pepe ... Woman saying 'Viva Peppone!' (as Clara Auteri)
Italo Clerici Italo Clerici ... Barchini
Peppino De Martino Peppino De Martino ... Assessor
Carlo Duse Carlo Duse ... Il Bigio
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary ... Il delegato (as Manoel Gary)
Leda Gloria Leda Gloria ... Signora Bottazzi
Luciano Manara Luciano Manara ... Filotti
Armando Migliari Armando Migliari ... Brusco della Bruciata
Giovanni Onorato Giovanni Onorato ... Scartazzini
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Storyline

In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired and liked each other, politics still divided them as it is dividing the country. And when the mayor wants his "People's House"; the priest wants his "Garden City" for the poor. Division exist between the richest and the poorest, the pious and the atheists and even between lovers. But if the people are as hard as the country, they are good in the bottom of their heart. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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The year's bell-ringing comedy hit!

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Latin | Italian

Release Date:

13 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little World of Don Camillo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The top-grossing non-US film of 1952. See more »

Quotes

Crocefisso: Where did you get that cigar, Camillo?
Don Camillo: Peppone had two. I think I took it without asking him. You know he believes in equal distribution of wealth.
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Alternate Versions

German version runs 2 minutes shorter than the Italian original version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Internationale
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Music by Pierre De Geyter
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Such a treat!
22 September 2002 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

This movie is so much fun to watch! Tells us the story of Don Camillo, a Roman Catholic priest in a small Italian parish. Life in the village is change forever when Peppone, the communist mayor, is elected. The two are put one against the other. And what follows is a wacky list of situations! What I like most about this movie, it's the simple way it puts things. You can actually believe that this village exists and that what's being told in the movie really happened.

Fernandel is great as Don Camillo, the hot-headed priest. And Gino Cervi shines in the role of Peppone. See this one, you won't regret it. Fun from beginning to end!

Out of 100, I gave it 87. That's good for ***½ out of ****.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on September 1st, 2002.


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