Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

After shooting È arrivato il cavaliere! (1950), Monicelli and Steno directed this choral film set in the world of third –or fourth– rate provincial vaudeville shows, a genre which, for all its artistic limitations, had been immensely popular in the 1920s and 1930s, but which had entered a decline throughout Europe after the Second World War, with the arrival of American films, and the advent of television and other forms of entertainment in the 1950s. Monicelli and Steno’s film focuses on the beginning of this decline as it affects a particular revue company led by an easygoing comic, whose adventures were more in the picaresque tradition than that of the theatre. The film was intended as a celebration and a tribute to variety performers, and in this it resembled another film released that same year, Variety Lights, by Federico Fellini and Alberto Lattuada. AS

Título original: Vita da cani
English title: It’s a Dog’s Life
Year: 1950
Format: DM
Color: B&N
Minutes: 99
Seconds: 0

D: Steno, Mario Monicelli  

G: Sergio Amidei, Aldo Fabrizi, Ruggero Maccari, Mario Monicelli, Steno  

F: Mario Bava  

E: Mario Bonotti  

DA: Flavio Mogherini  

S: Aldo Calpini, Kurt Doubrowskj  

M: Nino Rota  

P: Clemente Fracassi, Carlo Ponti  

CP: Carlo Ponti Cinematografica  


I: Aldo Fabrizi, Gina Lollobrigida, Delia Scala, Marcello Mastroianni, Tamara Lees


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