Joan Lui

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Joan Lui
Joan Lui.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Adriano Celentano
Produced by Mario & Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Written by Adriano Celentano
Starring Adriano Celentano
Claudia Mori
Federica Moro
Music by Adriano Celentano
Pinuccio Pierazzoli
Ronny Jackson
Gino Santercole
Cinematography Alfio Contini
Edited by Adriano Celentano
Release date
Running time
163 min
133 min (cut edition)
125 min (Home Video cut)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Joan Lui (also known as Joan Lui - Ma un giorno nel paese arrivo io di lunedì) is a 1985 Italian musical-comedy film written, directed and starred by Adriano Celentano. It is the last of the four films written and directed by Celentano.


Title character Joan Lui is a singer who has come from another world to condemn the hypocrisy and atrocities of the Western culture. When he arrives in Italy, he seeks to create a musical group composed of young beginners to better spread his message. After having exposed the deception of a major musical producer, Joan Lui disappears into thin air. Meanwhile, the world is plunged into a terrible apocalypse.



  1. L'uomo perfetto
  2. Sex without love
  3. Il tempio
  4. Mistero
  5. Lunedì
  6. Qualcosa nascerà
  7. Splendida e nuda
  8. L' ora è guinta
  9. La prima stella


The film was also the center of a dispute between Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Celentano as the producers decided, a month after the first release, to replace the original cut with another version, with a different editing and lasting 30 minutes less.[1][2]


The film was a box office bomb, grossing 7.3 billion lire at the Italian box office in spite of a budget of about 20 billion lire.

The film also received generally bad reviews. Morando Morandini described it as "an enormous music video based on visual shock, jam-packed with music, with some monumental sets and elaborate editing. A true festival of kitsch also on an ideological level".[3] According to Paolo Mereghetti the film, "a personal reading of Christianity in musicals", was "a personal delusion of omnipotence", "a mock-apocalyptic madness that is just able to list the worst clichés of indifference".[4]


  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 8877424230. 
  2. ^ Marco Giusti (1999). Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 8820029197. 
  3. ^ Laura Morandini; Luisa Morandini; Morando Morandini. Il Morandini. Zanichelli, 2000. 
  4. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 88-6073-626-9. 

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