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The Widower (1959)

Il vedovo (original title)
Alberto Nardi (Alberto Sordi) is a Roman businessman who fancies himself a man of great capabilities, but whose factory (producing lifts and elevators) teeters perennially on the brink of ... See full summary »

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Fabio Carpi (screenplay), Fabio Carpi (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Alberto Nardi
Franca Valeri Franca Valeri ... Elvira Almiraghi
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Stucchi
Nando Bruno Nando Bruno ... Zio Armando
Ruggero Marchi Ruggero Marchi ... Carlo Fenoglio
Gastone Bettanini Gastone Bettanini
Mario Passante ... Comm. Lambertoni
Enzo Petito Enzo Petito ... Fritzmayer
Nanda Primavera Nanda Primavera ... Italia, Gioia's mother
Rosita Pisano Rosita Pisano ... Nardi's employee
Alberto Rabagliati Alberto Rabagliati ... Himself
Mario Cianfanelli Mario Cianfanelli
Carlo Di Maggio Carlo Di Maggio
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce ... (as Ignazio Doci)
Consalvo Flirt Consalvo Flirt ... (as Consalvo Flirt)
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Storyline

Alberto Nardi (Alberto Sordi) is a Roman businessman who fancies himself a man of great capabilities, but whose factory (producing lifts and elevators) teeters perennially on the brink of catastrophe. Alberto is married to a rich and successful businesswoman from Milan, Elvira Almiraghi (Franca Valeri) who has a no-nonsense attitude and barely tolerates the attempts of her husband to keep his factory afloat with her money. (Wikipedia) Written by Simone Randazzo

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 November 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Witwer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cino del Duca, Paneuropa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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still laughing
3 August 2004 | by robertodandiSee all my reviews

This is a really funny movie with the great Alberto Sordi (at his best) and the incredible Franca Valeri. It's another portrait of the defects and geniality of some Italian people. Sordi is quite specialized in showing our egoism and hypocrisy.

Il vedovo (the widowed) is Alberto Sordi, a little and stupid entrepreneur who is married with the rich and smart Franca Valeri. He wishes the death of her wife as he is often humiliated by her due to his stupidity. She is smart and makes a lot of money with her business. He is always asking her for some money and tries to be good with her just for this.

It's very funny also his relationship with his attendant, his former superior during the War whom now he considers like a slave servant (it's so true that cowardly people is bad with subordinates and bootlicker with superiors!).

The entrepreneur starts thinking of killing his wife to get the money, but his plans are destined to be changed.

Very very funny, not one of the best movies ever of Alberto Sordi but one of the best of Franca Valeri. Absolutely worth watching. A little gem of Italian Comedy. Thanks Dino Risi!


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