Il secondo tragico Fantozzi

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Il secondo tragico Fantozzi
Il secondo tragico Fantozzi poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Luciano Salce
Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci
Written by Leonardo Benvenuti
Piero De Bernardi
Luciano Salce
Paolo Villaggio
Starring Paolo Villaggio
Liù Bosisio
Gigi Reder
Anna Mazzamauro
Music by Franco Bixio
Fabio Frizzi
Vince Tempera
Cinematography Erico Menczer
Edited by Antonio Siciliano
Distributed by Cineriz
Release date
Running time
110 min.
Language Italian

Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (The Second Tragic Fantozzi) is an Italian comedy film released in 1976. It is the second film in the saga of the unlucky clerk Ugo Fantozzi, played by its creator, Paolo Villaggio.[1]


The accountant Ugo Fantozzi in this story suffer abuses, deceptions and lies in tragic situations even worse than the first film. Initially he must accompany his Duke Count to a game of chance in Monte Carlo. His boss is very superstitious so that forces Fantozzi to shove his hand under his backside and drink a ton of mineral water so that he can continue to win. Unfortunately for Fantozzi, the Duke Count will lose all his money and blame Fantozzi for the bad luck, forcing him to go back home clinging under the train, as he had no money to pay for the ticket of the compartment. After getting back home, Fantozzi cannot move at all, but is "cured" by Mrs. Pina with scalding-hot cloths on his stomach.

In the net episode, Fantozzi goes with fellow accountant Filini for a hunting party. However, the space reserved for hunters is very small and the men, having lost patience and not finding any game, start a real manhunt killing and capturing their peers mistaking them for game and wild animals, quickly escalating to heavy machine guns and tanks. Fantozzi and Filini are not killed but captured by others and exposed.

Countess Serbelloni Mazzanti Viendalmare (lit. "Comesfromsea") is selected to christen a new and massive cruise ship, but due to terrible aim with the classic bottle of champagne she hits several times Fantozzi and others present, including the mayor. Then it's decided to cut a wire metal cord that would set the ship in motion, but the countess being shortsighted misaims and cuts the little finger of the archbishop, who was present at the ceremony, with a hatchet. The man curses in an exaggerated way and starts to chase the countess swearing with a hatchet in hand. That same evening the noble to celebrate the launch of the ship organizes a dinner with the rich and politicians, and also inviting Fantozzi and Filini which come under the clutches of the dog Ivan the Terrible 32th. Dinner is not very good because the two accountants, not having any social skill of sorts, botch almost anything embarrassing their directory greatly. After the evening Fantozzi starts to drive home, after escaping the fury of the huge dog again, but all the same he is being chased and sieged in the car for two weeks.

The original poster of Battleship Potemkin

So the accountant chooses to once again pretend to be sick and go to see the spectacle of a circus with free tickets, but unfortunately there will find its director who recognized him immediately. Fantozzi initially pretends entertainer and frightened then hides in a cannon which is fired and thrown up to Agrigento in Sicily. Fantozzi there turns out to be on maternity leave and is guided to the hospital by a vision: the Archangel Gabriel.

Professor Riccardelli, one of Fantozzi's managers and an avant-garde cinema enthusiast, periodically forces his underlings to watch lengthy foreign silent films. He repeatedly bullies Fantozzi during the debate sessions after each screening, while his servile and hypocritical colleagues pretend to enjoy the films. One night everyone is compelled to watch The Battleship Kotiomkin (a parody of Battleship Potemkin), thus missing the live broadcast of an important football match. During the debate an exasperated Fantozzi reacts, openly denouncing the film as "an awful pile of crap" and causing an uproar among his colleagues. Riccardelli is taken hostage and forced to repeatedly watch Italian B movies as the reels of his beloved film are destroyed. Eventually the police sedates the rebellion and the mutineers are forced to reenact the key scenes of The Battleship Kotiomkin every Saturday as a punishment.

When his wife Pina part away from Rome with his daughter, Fantozzi cones and colleagues Calboni Filini organizing an evening to a hot nightclub, but in the end the accounts will be so salty (over than 3000 £, $3200) that the three do not find the money even to pay for the taxi drivers that lynched only Filini. Meanwhile Calboni was the only one to garner a bit of money to have a good time make friends with a prostitute, thus betraying his wife Miss Silvani. Fantozzi then takes the opportunity to woo the nth time the woman act when trying to make perfectly for years behind his wife Pina, and this time finally succeeds. The two lovers land to Capri for a honeymoon, but it will be studded with tragic situations and unexpected misunderstandings that result in the reconciliation of Silvani and Calboni and the defeat of the poor Fantozzi who, having tried to commit suicide, is caught by a speed boat and sold as a result of sea product. There is bought by his wife Pina to be able to return home safe and sound and in order to celebrate the Christmas. Fantozzi is positive, but in the very best moment of the evening he calls her on the phone Mega-Director Galactic which wants to offer him a new job. In fact Fantozzi was fired before leaving for Capri. The unfortunate accountant resume work in his company, but this time as a lightning rod.

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  1. ^ Marco Giusti (1999). Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 8820029197. 

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