When their boss dies two clerks eagerly wait for the next one to arrive. Each one of them hopes to become the apple of his eye. They compete in every possible way to win him over causing ...
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The marquis Galeazzo di Torre Alta is murdered by a mysterious killer who calls himself Diabolicus. His heirs are his three brothers and a sister, but all of them, with the exception of ... See full summary »
Italy, 1630. The widower Pasquale loses his job as a cobbler. In search of food for his twelve children, he and a poor companion disguise as mendicant monks and knock for help at the castle... See full summary »
"Miseria e Nobiltà" tells the story of the humble families of Felice Pasquale and his colleague who are hired by a Marquis who wants to marry the daughter of a rich but simple cook, So they pose as aristocrats.
The story takes inspiration from a real case (Bruneri/Canella, Italy 1926). A man is hospitalized in a neurological clinic. He suffers from amnesia. Mrs Ballerini, after had seen his ... See full summary »
The psychiatric clinic medical director, runs some tests on two patients, the Ragionier Antonio Vignanelli and Cavalier Peppino Caprioli, so they have to get back some memories of family life, in order to understand their mental illness.
When their boss dies two clerks eagerly wait for the next one to arrive. Each one of them hopes to become the apple of his eye. They compete in every possible way to win him over causing lots of trouble and lots of misunderstandings.Written by
Salvatore Santangelo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Two clerks get a new boss. They are eager to get his support for a promotion. But the problem is they are not sure which 'Rossi' it will be. Hilarity ensues.
At first, I had my doubts. It seemed the hysterical, over the top, corny kind of comedy. But I had a couple of laughs and it got better. Although the story is predictable, the energy of this film makes up for it. There so much energy in this film, it will create a smirk on the face of even the worst pessimist. It is a loud comedy – but in a good sense. A lot of tempo, fast paced dialogues and vivid acting.
Another good thing is the acting. The main characters are played by Totó and Peppino De Filippo, famous comedy actors in Italy back in the days. This duo was famous for their 'Totó and Peppino' films, from which Totò, Peppino e la... malafemmina is their most glorified comedy. They are arguably talented for playing comedy, but actually, in this film, I enjoyed the supporting roles better, from lady-killer Luigi De Filippo (Cavallo) and the sentimental Aroldo Tieri (the 'wrong' Rossi).
Nevertheless, you should expect dated comedy, with 'funny music', confusion and the works, and there are a loads of boring scenes as well, in which the characters are just talking with each other for minutes. When those moments were left out, it could have been a fantastic comedy, but also a lot shorter. I rate this 6/10. This was directed early in his career by Sergio Corbucci, famous for his westerns like Django.
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