This is the funny story of four Roman traffic police in the ’50s. The film passes from their work to their private lives and relationships, entangling them in a comic mess. “Guardia scelta” (Special Agent) Giuseppe tries to be a composer; he wants to write the anthem for the Roman traffic police. “Guardia” (Agent) Alberto Randolfi has a too strong inclination to fine everyone, and is dreams of learning French. “Brigadiere” (Sergeant) Pietro Spaziali is busy looking at his little son Tonino and daughter Maria who is going to marry a boxer. The “Maresciallo” (Marshal) tries to manage and solve the myriad troubles that appear.
Mauro Bolognini (28 June 1922 – 14 May 2001) was an Italian film director of literate sensibility, known for masterful handling of period subject matter.
Mauro Bolognini was born in Pistoia, Tuscany.
A former architectural student, Bolognini began his film career as an assistant to director Luigi Zampa in Italy, and directors Yves Allegret and Jean Delannoy in France. He began directing his own feature films in the mid 1950s, and had his first international success with Gli innamorati (“Wild Love”).
His other notable films of the 1950s and early 1960s include Giovani mariti (“Young Husbands”), La notte brava, La giornata balorda (“From a Roman Balcony”), and the Marcello Mastroianni-Claudia Cardinale starrer Il bell’Antonio (arguably his masterpiece), all written by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Parting professionally with Pasolini in 1961, Bolognini went on to direct two sensual love stories starring Cardinale, La Viaccia and Senilità, before turning his talents… read more