Italian comedies of 70-80s: good old funny movie
Italian films of the seventies and eighties went down in the history of cinema with their provocative piquant plots with funny characters that were loved by more than one generation of viewers around the world. CineWest offers a list of the brightest Italian comedies of this era – films that you can always watch and cheer yourself up.
Alfredo, Alfredo, 1972
Director: Pietro Germi
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Stephanie Sandrelli, Carla Gravina, Clara Colosimo, Daniel Patella, Danica La Lodge, Saro Urzi, Luigi Bagetti, etc.
The shy bank clerk Alfredo Sbiza gets acquainted with the beautiful Mary-Rose, marries her, but marriage is a harder test than he could have imagined. Alfredo’s young and attractive wife is obsessed with passion and literally haunts him. But fate presents him with a real gift – an acquaintance with Carolina, who does not at all look like Maria Rosa, which attracts a tired spouse like a magnet.
“Alfredo, Alfredo” is the latest work of the cult Italian master Pietro Jermi. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe in the category “Best Foreign Language Film” from Italy. Among other things, this is an excellent work in the European cinema of Hollywood idol Dustin Hoffman.
Director: Luciano Salche
Cast: Paolo Villaggio, Anna Mazzamauro, Gigi Raeder, Giuseppe Anatrelli, Umberto D’Orsi, Lew Bosicio, Dino Emanuelli, Plinio Fernando, etc.
Hugo Fantozzi is a modest accountant, a small man whose existence can be forgotten by his friends, colleagues, and family members. Once he did not go to work for several days, but no one noticed his absence, even his wife only got hold of her wife on the seventeenth day …
A dozen films have been shot about Fantozzi’s adventures, and the 1975 picture is the very first meeting of the audience with this hero performed by the famous Italian comedian Paolo Villaggio.
My friends, 1975
Director: Mario Monicelli
Cast: Hugo Tonyazzi, Gastone Moskin, Philippe Noire, Duilio Del Prete, Olga Karlatos, Sylvia Dionisio, Franca Tamantini, Angela Goodwin, Milena Vukotich, Bernard Blieu and others.
Four friends from Florence, having lived to a respectable age, no longer want to put up with a lonely existence and decide to go through life together, playing pranks and joking with others. The affair of one of the team members with the professor’s wife leads the professor to become a full member of their insatiable gang of comedians, and their jokes become even more sophisticated.
The comedy “My Friends” received two national Italian film awards, David Di Donatello.
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Cast: Adriano Celentano, Anthony Quinn, Kapusin, Hugo Bologna, Salvatore Borghese, Mircea Carven, Mickey Knox, Helen Sterling and others.
Belle has scores with fraudster Felix, who is in prison. To get him out of there and get even, she conspires with another swindler who must arrange for Felix to escape. They flee from prison and … deceive Belle, slipping from under her nose. Felix, being also interested in completing business with her, organizes a massive scam comparable to a talented bluff in poker.
Signor Robinson, 1976
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Cast: Paolo Villaggio, Zeudi Arai Cristaldi, Percy Hogan.
The story of modern Robinson, who fell on a desert island and found a way out of seemingly hopeless situations, and also found his Friday, forever fell in love with viewers of several generations.
This Italian comedy with Paolo Villaggio became a real hit in the USSR, where more than 50 million viewers watched it.
Ladies and gentlemen, good night !, 1976
Directors: Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy, Luigi Magni, Mario Monicelli, Ettore Skola.
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Hugo Tonyazzi, Adolfo Celi, Zenta Berger, Paolo Villaggio, Nino Manfredi, Andrea Ferreol, Sergio Graziani and others.
Funny characters, ridiculous situations like striptease and murder in an English lesson – all this happens on the air of Italian television of an unusual format. A real satirical extravaganza, in which the legends of Italian cinema were noted, and no less eminent directors removed it.
I seek refuge, 1979
Director: Marco Ferreri
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Francesca De Sapio, Dominic Laffen, Luca Levy, Girolamo Marzano, Carlo Moni, Chiara Moretti, Roberto Amaro and others.
Roberto is a young eccentric teacher who is ready to experiment with teaching methods to the delight of children and to the dismay of colleagues and superiors. Once he brings a donkey to class, then he organizes an excursion to the factory, and soon the police will visit him.
“I seek refuge” is one of the first acting works of the Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni. The film was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.