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The Return of Don Camillo (1953)

Le retour de Don Camillo (original title)
Energetic priest Don Camillo returns to the town of Brescello for more political and personal duels with Communist mayor Peppone.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Giovanni Guareschi (freely adapted from the story by), Julien Duvivier (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Don Camillo
Gino Cervi ... Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi
Arturo Bragaglia Arturo Bragaglia ... Il cantoniere
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... Il dottor Spiletti
Alexandre Rignault Alexandre Rignault ... Franceso 'Nero' Gallini
Saro Urzì ... Brusco - il barbiere
Thomy Bourdelle Thomy Bourdelle ... Cagnola
Claudy Chapeland Claudy Chapeland ... Beppo Bottazzi
Leda Gloria Leda Gloria ... Signora Bottazzi
Tony Jacquot Tony Jacquot ... Don Pietro
Lia Di Leo Lia Di Leo ... La maestrina
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Lo Smilzo
Enzo Staiola ... Mario Cagnola
Miranda Campa Miranda Campa ... Signora Spiletti
Charles Vissières Charles Vissières ... Il vescovo (as Charles Vissière)
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Storyline

After his battles with the communist mayor Peppone, Don Camillo is sent in exile by his bishop in a remote village. Peppone thought he got the village in his hands. But when the municipality decide to build a dike against the periodic floods, the proprietor of the land refuses. War between the village clans is about to begin. Maybe only the strong hand of the priest could persuade the landlord to change his mind. Will Peppone passed over his pride and send for his enemy? Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Based on the Uproarious Book-of-the-Month best selling stories by Guareschi See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #14698 dating from 12 July 1953. See more »

Goofs

When Don Camillo enters Brusco's barber shop to challenge him, he carries a three- days- beard. But before Bruscoe applies the shaving foam, Don Camillo is shaven cleanly. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film were shot: one in Italian, one in French. See more »

Connections

Followed by Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo (1961) See more »

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Maybe the best Don Camillo film
1 July 2013 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

The films from the Don Camillo series were a favorite of mine even when I was only 10 or 12, despite many very adult themes - witness to the genius and timeless humor of writer Giovannino Guareschi. It's been a while but now that there's a restored DVD collection available (with some scenes I had never seen because they were cut from the dubbed release) we revisited the whole series and they do stand the test of time. Not only are they great comedy - physical as well as satirical - but they are also a kind of historic documents, capturing the soul of the time and region and politics like few others. The fact that much of the film is shot in a kind of realismo makes the absurd situations only the funnier!

I'm not a religious man myself but Fernandel's portrayal of the stalwart, choleric and compassionate priest is captivating; one of the all-time great performances in film history.


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