The Boom (Il boom) (1963)

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Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a mid-level executive during the economic boom following World War II, goes to absurd lengths to maintain his wife Silvia's (Gianna Maria Canale) standard of living. When Signora Bausetti (Elena Nicolai), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, makes him an offer that would wipe out all of his debts, Giovanni is faced with an eye-popping dilemma.

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Critic Reviews for The Boom (Il boom)

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[A] snappy Italian satire, somewhat reminiscent of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch, with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist "Il Boom" manages to walk.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Written by Cesare Zavattini, who did the screenplays for many of De Sica's best-known works, the movie skewers the mendacity inherent in the postwar economic resurgence in his country.

Jun 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Vibrant, funny, and disturbing.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Sordi's character, a middle-class middle manager struggling in vain to keep up with Italy's consumer-happy prosperity in the mid-1960s, finds himself in a familiar pickle.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

This ostensible farce might be a surprise, but the tragic undercurrent that pervades the storyline fits well into [De Sica]'s longstanding left-wing sociopolitical concerns.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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