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Lo scopone scientifico (1972)

Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

Director:

Luigi Comencini

Writer:

Rodolfo Sonego (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Peppino
Silvana Mangano ... Antonia
Joseph Cotten ... George
Bette Davis ... The Millionairess
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... The 'Professor'
Domenico Modugno ... Righetto
Antonella Di Maggio Antonella Di Maggio ... Cleopatra
Daniele Dublino
Luciana Lehar Luciana Lehar ... Jolanda, Peppino's sister
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Pasqualina
Luciano Martana Luciano Martana
Aristide Caporale Aristide Caporale
Alfredo Capri Alfredo Capri
Goffredo Pistoni Goffredo Pistoni
Leonardo Pantaleo Leonardo Pantaleo
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Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

30 October 1973 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Sembrando ilusiones See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The card game in the film is called Scopa. Scopa is an Italian noun meaning "broom" since taking a scopa means "to sweep" all the cards from the table. Scopa is an Italian card game and one of the two major national card games in Italy. It is also popular in Brazil, brought in by Italian immigrants, mostly in the Scopa di Quindici variation. Scopa is also played in countries like Libya and Somalia. It is played with a standard Italian 40-card deck, mostly between two players or four in two partnerships, but it can also be played by 3, 5, or 6 players. See more »

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Delightful respinning of 'Sunset Boulevard'
29 May 2006 | by laurseneSee all my reviews

One of the previous respondents compares Commencini's work on this film to Billy Wilder, and I can't agree more. In fact, this yarn reworks Sunset Boulevard into a full-bodied Italian comedy about how the tyrannical rich use their money to string along the poor and humble.

Remember, there was a card game in Wilder's film too! Here, Bette Davis, as poised, professional, and grandly self-assured as ever, is the Norma Desmond character. She's shrewd, not crazy, but she's got everyone twisting their lives out of shape to humor her in much the same way. Joseph Cotten is the Max von Mayerling character - the artist who threw away a brilliant career to serve this imperious creature. The twist is that Commencini replaces William Holden's wry screenwriter, Joe Gillis, with Alberto Sordi and Silvana Mangano as the poor couple who've unwittingly staked their lives on whatever they can get from the old lady. Ultimately, of course, it's not just them, but their entire neighborhood who Davis is leading on her merry chase -strictly for her own amusement. The twist at the end is just as perfect, in its own, thoroughly Italian way, as the finale of Wilder's film.

Absolutely delightful - especially the wonderful body (and facial) language of all four principals at the cardtable. They could have kept it up twice as long and it would have been just as amusing. Four expert screen actors, directed to perfection.

Can the bizzers-in-charge PLEASE find a decent print of this and DVD it right away?


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