June 15th, 2017 by PRatt
August 6, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

(Italy, 1963) Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini. Cast: Alberto Sordi, Gianna Maria Canale, Elena Nicolai.

Fans of classic Italian cinema have a reason to celebrate this summer: the release of an HD restoration (with new subtitles) of Vittorio De Sica’s ‘lost film,’ never before released in the States! Although the director of such great films as The Bicycle Thief, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and Umberto D is one of the creators of post-war realism, Il Boom is a commedia all’italiana that pokes fun at Italy’s economic boom. In a gaudily wealthy Rome, Alberto Sordi (Il vitelloni,) is not only in debt, but he doesn’t have the nerve to tell his acquisitive wife (Gianna Maria Canale.) Enter a super-rich matron who offers Sordi an unusual way out, and the reward is a biting commentary on greed that reaches right up to the present. 88 min.

“A real masterpiece! A prophetic film – one of the most future-directed movies in all of Italian cinema!” – Walter Veltroni, journalist and former mayor of Rome.

“AMONG THE MOST SAVAGE AND SURREAL OF ITALIAN COMEDIES… De Sica and Zavattini draw both humor and pathos. It’s that combination of qualities — real people, caught in a surreal world, reacting in recognizable ways to a society rapidly spinning out of control — that makes IL BOOM so vibrant, funny, and disturbing.” — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

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