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Italy | 1963 | Vittorio De Sica
Never before released in the U.S., this Italian classic from the exalted director/screenwriter team of Vittorio De Sica and Cesare Zavattini (The Bicycle Thief, Shoeshine, Miracle in Milan, Umberto D., et al.) is a comedy about the country’s post-WWII economic boom. Top Italian comic Alberto Sordi (The White Sheik, I Vitelloni, Mafioso) stars in the movie, playing an inept, debt-ridden contractor who struggles to maintain the high standard of living enjoyed by his frivolous wife. But when a super-rich matron offers him a permanent way out of debt, he must decide whether the price is too high. “A bittersweet satire of the wife-swapping, twist-dancing, get-rich-quick lifestyle.” -Sight & Sound. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 88 min.
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