Satire of the "fish in a barrel" variety, it might be that I have no personal relationship with the culture and stereotypes mocked, it might be that I always thought Humbert was the villain in Lolita and Nabokov was smart enough to show it. Some formal choices which side us with Marcello's perspective are nice, the rest an unpleasant farce which makes me wonder what comedies of today we could call quint in 50 years.
Such a hilarious experience. I watched this film at a Marcello Mastroianni retrospective in a theatre with senior Italian couples on their date night,talking Italian and laughing out loud at all sorts of references that took me a while to catch up on. It made the experience better tenfold.
bien sûr il est épatant , le Marcello. Bien sûr au début on rit de cette société sicilienne si coincée si tenace dans la bêtise de ses convenances mais le trait s'alourdit vite et on finit par ne plus rien attendre de ce scénario si convenu et de cette mise en scène si pesante. Pain et chocolat de Brusati ou Les monstres de Risi ou l'Or de Naples de Sica c'est mille fois mieux comme comédie italienne!!!!
A few quick notes. Loved some of the quick narrative elements setting up the village life, the lineage of the main character. Amelie is much indebted to this film. Would like to know more about the use of this device in other films. Some of the acting was overdone, but on whole I enjoyed the plot.