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Commedia all'italiana

Beginning in the 1950s with Big Deal on Madonna Street, the Commedia all’italiana (comedy, Italian style) genre was hugely popular in its day, both commercially and critically, and was known for its subversive social commentary delivered with ample laughs. This overview presents some of the style’s best-known and most-loved films, all in glorious 35mm projection.

For an in-depth background on the commedia all’italiana genre, read the Senses of Cinema dossier.

 

BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET

BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET

(111 mins)
Dir. Mario Monicelli | Italy, 1958
THE BOOM

THE BOOM

(97 mins)
Dir. Vittorio de Sica | Italy, 1963
DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE

DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE

(108 mins)
Dir. Pietro Germi | Italy, 1962
THE EASY LIFE

THE EASY LIFE

(105 mins)
Dir. Dino Risi | Italy, 1962
MAFIOSO

MAFIOSO

(100 mins)
Dir. Alberto Lattuada | Italy, 1962