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The 60s, Italian Style
3.7
63 Ratings

Il Boom

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Italy, 1963
Comedy
  • Italian
  • English
The 60s, Italian Style

Synopsis

A couple used to a very high standard of living and suddenly faced with imminent ruin, prefers to avoid ruin by selling one of the husband’s eyes to a richman who has lost one in an accident.

Our take

Italian cinema’s go-to everyman Alberto Sordi (Mafioso) returns in today’s film, a comedy of class relations by Vittorio De Sica. Best known for his Neo-Realist classics, De Sica was also a dextrous director of comedy to which this satirical film of mid-life crisis stands as hilarious example.

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