The Return of Don Camillo
|The Return of Don Camillo
-Il ritorno di Don Camillo-
|Directed by||Julien Duvivier|
|Produced by||Giuseppe Amato|
|Written by||Giovanni Guareschi (story)
|Narrated by||Emilio Cigoli|
|Music by||Alessandro Cicognini|
|Edited by||Marthe Poncin|
|5 June 1953|
The Return of Don Camillo (Italian: Il ritorno di Don Camillo) is a 1953 French-Italian comedy film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Fernandel, Gino Cervi and Édouard Delmont. The film's sets were designed by Virgilio Marchi. It was the second of five films featuring Fernandel as the Italian priest Don Camillo and his struggles with Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi the Communist Mayor of their rural town.
Don Camillo is exiled by Peppone, the communist mayor of a small mountain town named Brescello. But the mayor has problems with the citizens of the town, who want Camillo back as parish priest. In addition, a flood threatens to destroy Brescello and its environs. So Peppone calls back the priest, and he tries to raise the money needed to prevent damage from the imminent flood. However, delays occur and the flood devastates the area. Don Camillo is forced to leave again.
- Fernandel as Don Camillo
- Gino Cervi as Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi
- Édouard Delmont as Il dottor Spiletti
- Paolo Stoppa as Marchetti
- Alexandre Rignault as Franceso 'Nero' Gallini
- Thomy Bourdelle as Cagnola
- Leda Gloria as Signora Bottazzi
- Charles Vissières as Il vescovo
- Claudy Chapeland as Beppo Bottazzi
- Tony Jacquot as Don Pietro
- Saro Urzì as Brusco - il barbiere
- Manuel Gary
- Lia Di Leo as La maestrina
- Marco Tulli as Lo Smilzo
- Arturo Bragaglia as Il cantoniere
- Enzo Staiola as Mario Cagnola
- Miranda Campa as Signora Spiletti
It was the second most popular film of the year at the French box office in 1953.
- Moliterno p.80
- "1953 at the box office". Box Office Story.
- Moliterno, Gino. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
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