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Il successo (1963)

With the desire to be rich gnawing at him, an arriviste pursues a golden real-estate opportunity at the expense of friends and family. Now, he has to renounce his dignity. What's the good of chasing success when you are left all alone?

Directors:

Mauro Morassi, Dino Risi (uncredited)

Writers:

Ruggero Maccari (screenplay), Ruggero Maccari (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Giulio Ceriani
Anouk Aimée ... Laura Ceriani
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Sergio (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Cristina Gaioni ... Maria
Riccardo Garrone ... Ex fidanzato di Laura
Filippo Scelzo Filippo Scelzo ... Berto
Maria Grazia Spina Maria Grazia Spina ... Diana (as Grazia Maria Spina)
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Il fascista capitalista
Leopoldo Trieste ... Grassi
Gastone Moschin ... Il cognato di Giulio
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... (as Mino D'Oro)
Carlo Kechler Carlo Kechler
Meri Welles ... Tatiana (as Mery Welles)
Annie Gorassini ... Marisa
Carlo Bagno Carlo Bagno ... Varelli (as Carlo Ragno)
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Storyline

Giulio is a 38-year-old intellectual stuck in a meaningless white-collar job. He realizes that this job will never fulfill his dreams of becoming rich so he comes up with a little plan involving land speculation: his company is planning to buy some land in rural Sardinia and build a new residential center there so Giulio plans to buy a piece of land lying right next to it and sell it later when the land value increases. But first he has to come up with 10 million liras to buy that land. He starts to visit his old friends and family members and tries to convince them to lend him the needed money. But his desperate quest for money is slowly making him more and more estranged from his wife and his best friend Sergio. Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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A New Motion Picture From Italy That Explores The Not-So-Sweet Side of "La Dolce Vita!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 August 1965 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Success See more »

Filming Locations:

Sardinia, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 41211 delivered on 19-9-1963. See more »

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Referenced in è solo questione di tempo (2013) See more »

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Come te non c'è nessuno
Performed by Rita Pavone
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a rare and significant film
19 December 2005 | by wedraughonSee all my reviews

I saw this film in a theatre when it came out and have never forgotten it. It is simple and realistic and presents a situation everyone will identify with. The main character, played by Gassman, lives a contented life with a beautiful wife, friends and a comfortable if boring job as a civil engineer. Then, he happens upon a chance to make a fortune. He has inside information, so it's a sure thing. All he needs to do is raise a good deal of money. First, he borrows from his friends, but doesn't get enough. Then, he borrows from others, getting more and more desperate.

This progression is realistic and believable, so much so that one can feel his panic as this golden opportunity seems to be slipping away. He sinks to lower and lower depths in his borrowing.

I won't tell you how this comes out, but I will tell you it's a powerful film that you will remember as long as you live, as I have.

It's a pity that such a fine film shouldn't be available on VHS or DVD. If you have a chance to see this film, don't miss it. If you know someone in the videotape industry, write to them and urge them to put this film on video. It's a rare film to treasure.


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