The Roof (film)

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Il Tetto
Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Produced by Franco Committeri
Written by Cesare Zavattini
Starring Gabriella Pallotta
Giorgio Listuzzi
Music by Alessandro Cicognini
Cinematography Carlo Montuori
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Release dates
October 6, 1956 (Italy)
May 12, 1959 (US)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Roof (Italian: Il tetto) is a 1956 Italian drama film directed and produced by Vittorio De Sica.


Natale, an apprentice bricklayer, and Luisa, who has no skill, marry and try to live with Natale's parents and other relatives in one apartment, what might happen in the poorest classes in Rome about 1950. After a quarrel Natale and Luisa precipitately leave without a place to live. The remainder of the film is devoted to their finding housing. The solution is building a one room brick dwelling as a squat on unused railway land on the outskirts of Rome. As it was illegal, Natale arranges his workmates to assist him during the night. According to the rules, if a dwelling has a door and a roof the householder cannot be evicted. At dawn when the police arrive to remove them the dwelling is complete except for part of the roof, but a humane policeman looks the other way. We suppose that Natale and Luisa, now pregnant, live happily ever after.




  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Roof". Retrieved 2009-02-07. 

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