The Trick in the Sheet

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The Trick in the Sheet
Film poster
Directed by Alfonso Arau
Produced by Luis Ángel Bellaba
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Riccardo Neri
Giulio Violati
Written by Giovanna Cucinotta
Francesco Costa
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Chiara Clini
Romina Nardozi
Starring Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Geraldine Chaplin
Anne Parillaud
Primo Reggiani
Music by Maria Entraigues
Ruy Folguera
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Consuelo Catucci
Roberto Perpignani
Release date
  • 18 June 2010 (2010-06-18) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Trick in the Sheet (Original title:L'imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo) is a 2010 Italian romantic comedy film directed by Alfonso Arau. It stars Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Geraldine Chaplin, Anne Parillaud and Primo Reggiani. It was released in Italy on 18 June 2010.


In a small town in southern Italy in 1905, theatrical performances are accompanied by short silent film. An audience flees in terror as an image of a train tears towards them, projected on a makeshift screen, a large white sheet.

Federico (Reggiani), is fascinated by this new film technology and switches from a medical career to writing screenplays. He soon lands a gig as the director of a new short silent film. Although he is torn by the demands of those around him, his producer wants salacious storylines and his sister craves something more edifying. Federico decides to recreate the Biblical story of Susanna, where she nakedly bathes and is leered at by two older men

Meanwhile, Marianna (Cucinotta) is a peasant sorceress, that finds her powers redundant against the new powers of film technology. Federico becomes attracted to Marianna, but he is also mesmerized by Beatrice, a visiting writer (Parillaud).[1]



  1. ^ The Trick in the Sheet – Film Review The Hollywood Reporter. 14 October 2010

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