Il cappotto (The Overcoat) (1952)





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The classic Nicolas Gogal fable The Overcoat is given a European flavor by Italian filmmaker Alberto Lattuada; some consider the film to be Lattuada's best "psychological study." Comedian Renato Rascel plays a nebbishy nobody who spends his life-savings on a fancy overcoat. Suddenly, the nobody becomes a somebody, proving beyond doubt that clothes make the man. And then one day, the overcoat is stolen...Fleshing out the short-but-bittersweet Gogol original are several colorful new characters, including a publicity-hungry small-town mayor, played by Giulio Stival. The background music was composed by director Lattuada's wife Felice. American prints of Il Cappato are missing a so-called "naughty" telephone exchange between the mayor and his silken mistress. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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... behind the bouncy caricatures and deft satire is a quiet humanism that sneaks up on the story and haunts the final images quite literally.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
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A perfect melding of comedy and pathos.

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