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La grande guerra (1959)

La grande guerra (1959)

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Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi don ill-fitting military uniforms in this anecdotal Italian service comedy. They play a couple of World War I soldiers, adept at sidestepping duty and responsibility, but courageous to the core when in a pinch. The film strives for the boisterous feel of What Price Glory, but at 118 minutes the material wears rather thin. Still, the reputation of director Mario Monicelli helped this uneven production win a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. Originally released in Italy in 1959 as La Grande Guerra, The Great War was distributed in the U.S. two years later.

Cast

Alberto Sordi
as Oreste Jacovacci
Vittorio Gassman
as Giovanni Busacca
Silvana Mangano
as Costantina
Bernard Blier
as Capitano Castelli
Romolo Valli
as Tenente Gallina
Livio Lorenzon
as Sergente Battiferri
Tiberio Murgia
as Rosario Nicotra
Mario Valdemarin
as Sottotenente Loquenzi
Geronimo Meynier
as Portaordini
Vittorio Sanipoli
as Maggior Venturi
Carlo D'Angelo
as Capitano Ferri
Guido Celano
as Ufficiale di Stato Maggiore
Elsa Vazzoler
as Moglie di Bordin
Gerard Herter
as Capitano austriaco
Luigi Fainelli
as Giacomazzi
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A roman and a milanese rascals are enrolled against their will, to serve for their country in the first world war. After playing tricks on each other, a tight bond of friendship based on survival will unite them. Mario Monicelli gives a quixotesque note on war, a tragic but also comical view of the people forced to fight for ideals they don't share; and what better interpreters to bring that to life than the magnificent couple Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi, two often cynical but in the end righteous men whose only desire was to make their way out of the battle, to reach their respective dreams somewhere else.

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