Toto Looks For a House
|Toto Looks For a House|
|Directed by||Mario Monicelli
|Produced by||Antonio Mambretti|
|Written by||Age & Scarpelli
|Music by||Carlo Rustichelli
|Edited by||Renato Cinquini|
Toto Looks For a House (Italian: Totò cerca casa) is a 1949 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli and Steno. The film is stylistically related to Italian neorealism, though it can be seen as a parody. It was a commercial success, being the second most popular film at the box office that year.
In an afterwar Italy the problem for every citizen is to find a comfortable place to live. Beniamino Lomacchio (Totò) is one of the many people without a home and, together with his family, he's been living in a school. He cannot live there much longer, though, because school re-opens in September. Beniamino is a poor clerk and does not know what to do; he just hopes he'll find a comfortable apartment with a landlord who doesn't ask for too much rent.
One day, however, Beniamino finds a place to move into: a cemetery caretaker's house. Not all the family is convinced it's a great idea. They stay there for a short while, fleeing when they think they see a ghost. After leaving the house, Beniamino finds another job at the studio of an artist. But even here the family Lomacchio will not agree with Beniamino. They then find a large apartment. But they've been cheated; the apartment has already been rented out to another family. Eventually, even after staying in the Colosseum, Beniamino is in a car accident. He's finally found a home: a psychiatric hospital.
- Totò as Beniamino Lomacchio
- Alda Mangini as Amalia, la moglie de Lomacchio
- Lia Molfesi as Aida, la figlia
- Mario Gattari as Figlio
- Aroldo Tieri as Checchino, il fidanzato
- Folco Lulli as Turco
- Enzo Biliotti as Il sindaco
- Mario Castellani as Truffatore
- Pietro De Vico as Cinese
- Flavio Forin as Vedovo
- Giacomo Furia as Pasquale Saluto
- Marisa Merlini as Patronessa
- Luigi Pavese as Capo ufficio
- Cesare Polacco as Vice custode
- Alfredo Ragusa as Bidello
- "Mario Monicelli obituary". guardian.co.uk. London. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- Bondanella p.113
- Bondanella, Peter. A History of Italian Cinema. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009.
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