Il Bisbetico Domato

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Il Bisbetico Domato
Il bisbetico domato (1980 Film).jpg
Italian theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Franco Castellano
Giuseppe Moccia
Written by Franco Castellano
Giuseppe Moccia
Starring Adriano Celentano
Ornella Muti
Music by Detto Mariano
Cinematography Alfio Contini
Edited by Antonio Siciliano
Release dates
  • 20 December 1980 (1980-12-20) (Italy)
Running time
96 min. ca.
Country Italy
Language Italian

Il Bisbetico Domato (The Taming of the Scoundrel) is a 1980 Italian film directed by Franco Castellano and Giuseppe Moccia, credited as Castellano & Pipolo.[1] It was the top grossing film in Italian market for the season 1980/1981,[2][3] earning about 17 billion of lire.[4] The plot is loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.[5][6] The closing theme song "Innamorata, Incavolata A Vita" performed by Adriano Celentano was a minor hit, ranking 18 and staying on the Italian singles chart for 16 weeks.[7]


Adriano Celentano plays the part of Elia, a well-to-do and witty farmer who is, however, a somewhat grumpy loner who specifically resists his housekeeper Mamie's efforts to marry him off to a nice girl. One stormy night, however, a beautiful young lady named Lisa is forced to stop at his farmstead because her car has broken down while she was on her way to her fiancé. Intrigued by Elia's personality, she decides to stay and make the grumpy farmer come out of his rough shell, an intention which in time develops into genuine affection.

Elia is not unresponsive to Lisa's advances (the heat stirred by which he tries to alleviate by splitting logs of wood), but he maintains his rough exterior and tries his best to get rid of her, to the point that he once even tractor-drags her bed, with Lisa inside, out of the guestroom into the farmstead's yard after she attempts to extend her stay by claiming that her ankle is sprained. Eventually, Lisa leaves in disgust, but so does Mamie, who has developed a genuine liking to Lisa. Also, as soon as she is gone, Elia realizes too late that he has also fallen in love with Lisa.

Eventually, in order to win her back, Elia attends a basketball match between a team from his own village and the team sponsored by Lisa's fiancé. With his native team on the verge of losing the game, Elia enters the field and employs his skills to tip the scores to their benefit. Following the successful conclusion of the match, he asks for Lisa's hand, but she refuses to do so unless he has publicly declared his love for her. Using the playing hall's loudspeaker system, Elia does so at full volume; the two get married, and Elia unloads his years of penned-back sexuality in a manner which leaves the house (quite literally) aquake.



  1. ^ Variety's Film Reviews: 1981-1982. Bowker, 1983. ISBN 0835227979. 
  2. ^ Mass media: rivista bimestrale della comunicazione, Volume 3. Capone, 1984. 
  3. ^ University of Notre Dame. Annali d'italianistica , Volume 17. Annali D'Italianistica, 1999. 
  4. ^ Peter Cowie. International Film Guide. Tantivy Press, 1983. ISBN 0900730005. 
  5. ^ Richard Burt. Shakespeares after Shakespeare: an encyclopedia of the Bard in mass media and popular culture, Volume 1. Greenwood Press, 2007. ISBN 0313331170. 
  6. ^ Eddie Sammons. Shakespeare: a hundred years on film. Scarecrow Press, 2004. ISBN 081084446X. 
  7. ^ Dario Salvatori. Storia dell'Hit Parade. Gramese, 1989. ISBN 8876054391. 

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