Italian audiences of the 30s enjoyed seeing well dressed society types in their night clubs dancing and playing cards, going on cruises or riding horses just like American audiences did. (One difference being that Hollywood in its studios' productions also allowed a significant number of gritty social realist works about the less well off which balanced those escapist fantasies of the rich.) The charm of this particular Camerini comedy is that we get to check out the lifestyle of the snob set but from the point of view of the appealing young De Sica who plays a kiosk news and magazine vendor allowed through special circumstances to pretend he is Signor Max. The dual identity causes confusion for a pretty young blonde chambermaid to one of these snobs.(At one point to distinguish the two the vendor affects an urban Rome accent.) The film has been loosely remade, twice, but simply as a comedy about a working class guy trying to fit into the elite, without the double identity plot. In the 1957 version Sordi played the role with an aging De Sica now his classy mentor.The 1991 version was directed and co written by De Sica 's son Christian.
Comedy / Romance
Comedy / Romance
Vittorio De Sica, heir to a large sum of money and owner of a newspaper vending stall, makes enough money out of his business to take a vacation at a fashionable resort. He is given a cruise ticket by an aristocrat who is an old school friend, and is mistaken for the aristocrat when he uses a camera that has his friends name on it. Assia Noris plays a maid who falls in love with him because of who he is and not who others think he is. Happy ending comes when De Sica marries Noris, who is more real than the pampered society belles he has been partying with. Shown in the USA with Italian dialogue and no English titles.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 28, 2021 at 06:10 PM