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Doctor and the Healer (1957)

Il medico e lo stregone (original title)
Francesco, a young doctor, is appointed doctor to the imaginary village of Pianetta in the province of Avellino, but is immediately in competition with Don Antonio, a so-called "healer".

Director:

Mario Monicelli
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vittorio De Sica ... Antonio Locoratolo
Marcello Mastroianni ... Dr. Francesco Marchetti
Marisa Merlini ... Mafalda
Lorella De Luca ... Clamide
Gabriella Pallotta ... Pasqua
Alberto Sordi ... Corrado
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Umberto
Carlo Taranto Carlo Taranto ... Scaraffone
Ilaria Occhini Ilaria Occhini ... Rosina
Riccardo Garrone ... Sergeant
Giorgio Cerioni Giorgio Cerioni ... Galeazzo Pesenti
Gino Buzzanca Gino Buzzanca ... Il sindaco di Pianetta
Franco Di Trocchio Franco Di Trocchio ... Little Vito
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Francesco, a young doctor, is appointed doctor to the imaginary village of Pianetta in the province of Avellino, but is immediately in competition with Don Antonio, a so-called "healer".

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 December 1957 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

O Médico e o Charlatão See more »

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Production Co:

Royal Film, Francinex See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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a light-hearted and sweet comedy with two great actors
22 May 2009 | by arianna-79See all my reviews

This is a light-hearted, funny and sweet comedy, finely balanced between farce and warm-hearted sentiments, entertaining though never silly or cheap. Do not expect a masterpiece, but a funny portrayal of the difficulties that the new doctor finds on arriving in a small town whose inhabitants, deeply rooted in tradition, are more easily reassured by potions and magical words than by medicine. As anyone can expect, watching Vittorio De Sica (in a well-rounded character who mixes cunning, charm and selfishness) and Mastroianni's opposing characters is a pleasure in itself. If you've enjoyed Ieri, Oggi e Domani or Peccato che sia una canaglia ("Too bad she's bad") you'll probably like Il medico e lo stregone.


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