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Piccolo mondo antico (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 April 1941 (Italy)
Franco, a young man of noble descent, decides to marry Luisa, daughter of a humble clerk, against his grandmother's will. But a terrible tragedy upsets the life of the newly married couple:... See full summary »


Mario Soldati


Antonio Fogazzaro (novel), Mario Bonfantini (adaptation) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alida Valli ... Luisa Rigey Maironi
Massimo Serato ... Franco Maironi
Ada Dondini Ada Dondini ... La marchesa Orsola Maironi
Annibale Betrone ... Zio Piero
Mariù Pascoli Mariù Pascoli ... Ombretta Maironi
Giacinto Molteni Giacinto Molteni ... Il professore Beniamino Gilardoni
Elvira Bonecchi Elvira Bonecchi ... La signora Barborin Pasotti
Enzo Biliotti Enzo Biliotti ... Il signor Pasotti
Renato Cialente Renato Cialente ... Von Greisberg
Adele Garavaglia Adele Garavaglia ... La signora Teresa Rigey
Carlo Tamberlani ... Don Costa
Giovanni Barrella Giovanni Barrella ... Il curato di Puria
Nino Marchetti Nino Marchetti ... Pedraglio, il cospiratore
Giorgio Costantini Giorgio Costantini ... L'avvocato di Varenna
Jone Morino Jone Morino ... Donna Eugenia


Franco, a young man of noble descent, decides to marry Luisa, daughter of a humble clerk, against his grandmother's will. But a terrible tragedy upsets the life of the newly married couple: their little daughter Ombretta drowns in Lake Como and Luisa goes to the brink of madness... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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10 April 1941 (Italy) See more »

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Old-Fashioned World See more »

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Referenced in We, the Women (1953) See more »

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PICCOLO MONDO ANTICO (Mario Soldati, 1941) ***
28 April 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Yet another film about the Italian Risorgimento, a subject which I've always found fascinating given that I studied Italian history in my childhood! Despite the meticulous period detail of the production, the film's tone is an intimate one and, apart from the class struggle manifest in the narrative, is not overtly political either.

The acting by the two leads - Alida Valli and Massimo Serrato - is fine (the former in particular when, towards the end, she almost goes mad with grief over her little daughter's tragic death), but so is the supporting cast which includes such stereotypes as the jovial but perennially hungry chaplain and the harridan aristocratic matriarch, clinging to a fading way of life, who stands in the way of the young couple's happiness. However, some of the characters speak in a heavy dialect which - even to one who is fluent in the language as I am - is practically impossible to decipher!

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