Nikolai Gogol’s story is transposed to modern-day Italy in this tale of a poor city hall clerk whose only desire is to buy a new overcoat. After he stumbles into a bribery scheme, strange twists and acts of retribution follow.
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Unfortunately, the last 10 minutes are weak in comparison with the rest of the film. Alberto Lattuada is more comfortable with burlesque scenes than with the fantasy genre. Renato Rascel gives a spectacular performance here that I will remember for a long time. Highly recommended.