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The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Vincenzo Cerami, the future screenwriter of Benigni films, although at the time he was primarily Pasolini’s ex pupil. And it is no coincidence that the book places itself at the core of reflection on an Italian society in the throes of deep transformation: the protagonist is a gray, mean ministerial clerk close to retirement who sees how his only son is killed, then kidnaps the murderer and tortures him to death. The film’s first strong decision was to wholly accept the book’s provocation, perhaps for the first time showing an average Italian as an authentic monster. The second fundamental bold move was choosing Alberto Sordi as the protagonist, as he was not only the greatest symbol of Italian-style comedy, but also the most emblematic, popular and most-loved incarnation of a Roman character on screen. “I played a pretty risky card” –Monicelli admitted– “because it could have been misconstrued as a fascist film; the danger laid in having chosen Sordi, because had I opted for Volonté the character could have easily become loathsome.” 

Section: Mario Monicelli - 100 Años de Cine
Friday 17 - 16 h
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Título original: Un borghese piccolo, piccolo
English title: An Average Little Man
Year: 1977
Format: 35mm
Color: Color
Minutes: 122
Seconds: 0


D: Mario Monicelli

G: Mario Monicelli, Sergio Amidei

F: Mario Vulpiani

E: Ruggero Mastroianni

DA: Lorenzo Baraldi

M: Giancarlo Chiaramello

P: Luigi De Laurentiis, Aurelio De Laurentiis

CP: Auro Cinematografica 


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