Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in the early ‘50s Roma. He is completely crazy for everything that comes from the States. He tries to speak American-English, to wear like he thinks Americans do, to walk like John Wayne, trying to eat cornflakes with ketchup… His life is a complete parody of the real American way of life, which he couldn’t ever get. Nando’s, not so secret, dream is to go to the USA. To get it he goes to the Coliseum and threats to suicide if American Embassy don’t give him the visa. But at this point Nando is very well known as a ‘crazy-for-USA’ boy and the troubles he provoked in the past, couldn’t help him. —IMDb
Steno (true name Stefano Vanzina) was born in Rome on 19 January 1917. While still at university he enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and began contributing to the satirical journal “Marc’Aurelio”. After graduating in law in 1939, he devoted himself to scriptwriting and by 1948 had written some thirty scripts, starting with films for actor Erminio Macario. The first was “Imputato alzatevi!” (1939) by Mario Mattoli. He made his directing debut in 1949 in collaboration with Mario Monicelli on “Fame and the Devil (Al diavolo la celebrità)”. They went on to direct another seven films together, including the enormously successful “Cops and Robbers (Guardie e ladri)” (1951) with Totò and Aldo Fabrizi.
“Toto in Color (Totò a colori)” (1952) marked Steno’s first step in a successful career as a director on his own. Some of the most memorable films from this period were: “Un americano a Roma” (1954); “Piccola posta” (1955), featuring a splendid double act from Sordi and… read more