Man, Beast and Virtue

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L'uomo, la bestia, la virtù
(Man, Beast and Virtue)
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Directed by Steno (Stefano Vanzina)
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis & Carlo Ponti
Written by Luigi Pirandello (writer), Lucio Fulci
Vitaliano Brancati
Starring Totò
Orson Welles
Music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Cinematography Mario Damicelli
Edited by Gisa Radicchi Levi
Distributed by Lux Film
Release dates
Running time
90 min
Country Italy
Language Italian

L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlwɔːmo la ˈbestja e la virˈtu]), internationally released as Man, Beast and Virtue, is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Steno. It starred Italian comedian Toto and famed actor Orson Welles. It is based on the 1919 novella with the same name by Luigi Pirandello.[1] The film was originally shot in Gevacolor.[2]


Paolino (Totò) is in love with a married woman Annarella (Viviane Romance). Both consume whenever pleasant loves, but one day Annarella becomes pregnant. The woman's husband: Captain Perella (Orson Welles), a few months ago is out of town for work, but a day suddenly returns. Paolino to avoid the betrayal that you know, put a plan in place so that Perella steps a night of pleasure with Annarella, so that after a few months of getting her pregnant believe him.



  1. ^ Nino Genovese, Sebastiano Gesù. La musa inquietante di Pirandello, il cinema. Bonanno, 1990. 
  2. ^ Alberto Anile. I film di Totò (1946-1967): la maschera tradita. Le mani, 1998. 

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