Caprice Italian Style
|Caprice Italian Style
|Directed by||Mario Monicelli
Pier Paolo Pasolini
|Produced by||Dino De Laurentiis|
|Written by||Roberto Gianviti
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Age & Scarpelli
|Starring||Totò, Walter Chiari, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Laura Betti|
|Running time||95 minutes|
The film is composed by five episodes.
Totò in the film plays two episodes: The Monster of Sunday, directed by Steno and What are clouds?, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. In the first Totò is a man of the world who hate the fashion of the sixties, especially that of young people today who have long hair down to his shoulders and they believe everything they see over and dated. One day, the young girlfriend of Toto brings home a group of long-haired musicians who are placed in the living room and destroy all the warm and peaceful atmosphere desired by Totò, who goes on a rampage. He plans to capture one by one the young hippies in his city and shave so that they become the children model and up to date. To do this, Totò changes position all the time and even disguise, placing first in the role of a priest, then a prostitute and finally a bagpipe player at the Spanish Steps in Rome, where it is recognized by all as "maniac kidnapper hippies". Reported to the police station, Totò manages to escape only proposing the judge to shave the hair also to his son who is hateful and staring just like all the other guys in the city who follow this fashion.
In the second episode, the scene is set in a theater with no windows and exits where the puppets come to life to be infinitely the shows before the public. Domenico Modugno plays a scavenger singer who picks up the bodies of the puppets that occasionally break to throw them in the trash. This time the puppets interpret the tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare: Ninetto Davoli plays the protagonist brown, while Totò is the cruel and treacherous Iago. To complete the picture, there are also Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia in the role of captain and a guard. As the show continues, Ninetto begins to feel very sad because he is forced to play a thousand times the same roles and would like to find out what was outside the theater. In particular, he seeks the meaning of truth and Totò replied that the Truth is that which animates and makes interacting with other individuals. However, you should never say his name because otherwise it disappears. The scene continues with Othello discovers that the bride with handkerchief of another, bequeathed in his pocket cleverly by Iago, then the Moor of Venice strangles Desdemona acquiring the wrath of the public that breaks is the puppet that Ninetto Totò. The two bodies are dragged away by the garbage collector, under the gaze sad and moved by the puppets and thrown in the trash. The dump Totò and Ninetto have the chance to see the beauty that lies outside the theater: the clouds. Totò will say, "Oh heartbreaking wonder of Creation!".
- Totò as Anziano signore/Jago
- Ugo D'Alessio as Il commissario di PS
- Regina Seiffert as La Ragazza
- Dante Maggio
- Sandro Merli as Porter
- Renzo Marignano as L'automobilista
- Franco Franchi as Cassio
- Ciccio Ingrassia as Roderigo
- Ninetto Davoli as Othello
- Laura Betti as Desdemona
- Adriana Asti as Bianca
- Domenico Modugno as Lo spazzino
- Carlo Pisacane as Brabanzio
- Francesco Leonetti as Il Burattinaio
- Luigi Barbieri as Un burattino
- Piero Morgia as Un burattino
- Silvana Mangano as Bambinaia
- Ira von Fürstenberg as Silvana
- Walter Chiari as Paolo
- "NY Times: Caprice Italian Style". NY Times. Retrieved 2010-12-05.