The Scopone Game (1972)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

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  • Antonella Di Maggio and Silvana Mangano in The Scopone Game (1972)
  • Alberto Sordi in The Scopone Game (1972)
  • Bette Davis in The Scopone Game (1972)
  • Antonella Di Maggio in The Scopone Game (1972)
  • Joseph Cotten and Alberto Sordi in The Scopone Game (1972)
  • Bette Davis and Silvana Mangano in The Scopone Game (1972)

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12 March 2011 | cezy_ur
| 1970s: Italian cinema at its best!
Rome, 1970s. While a few benefit from the wealth of the modern world, many live in misery. Peppino, his wife Antonia and their five children live in a shanty town, populated by all sorts of tramps, pimps and prostitutes, plus a "professor" in disgrace who lectures everyone on the importance of reading and the beauty of Marxism. Every year a millionairess turns up to play cards with Peppino and Antonia, and every year they hope to win enough money to change their lives, not that they would need much, as they have nothing! The villa in which the old woman (la vecchia) lives is stunning, surrounded by the most beautiful roman trees, in stark contradiction with the grey poverty surrounding Peppino's family. The underlying theme of the film is class struggle and how the rich keep teasing the poor with the promise of a better future which never comes. But Comencini is not as bitter as his contemporaries (Monicelli, Petri etc): he celebrates love and humanity, something the old millionaire will never own. Needless to say, the performances are formidable.

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30 October 1973


Italian, English

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