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The Boom (1963)

Il boom (original title)
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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Vittorio De Sica
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Giovanni Alberti
Gianna Maria Canale ... Silvia Alberti
Elena Nicolai ... Mrs. Bausetti
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri ... Mr. Bausetti
Mariolina Bovo Mariolina Bovo ... Mrs. Faravalli
Gloria Cervi Gloria Cervi ... Mrs. Baratti
Sandra Verani Sandra Verani ... Mrs. Dronazzi
Sandro Merli Sandro Merli ... Dronazzi
Antonio Mambretti Antonio Mambretti ... Faravalli
Alceo Barnabei Alceo Barnabei ... Baratti
Ugo Silvestri Ugo Silvestri ... Gardinazzi
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Secretary
Federico Giordano Federico Giordano ... Silvia's father
Franco Abbina Franco Abbina ... Assistant occulist
Matelda Scotti Matelda Scotti ... Riccardo's wife
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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The Unseen Film by Vittorio De Sica

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 December 1964 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

El especulador See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,164, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,962, 30 November 2017
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though released in Italy in 1963, the film was denied distribution in U.S. theaters until 2017. See more »

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Il Boom : A different type of 'comedy" film directed by Vittorio de Sica (Bicycle Thieves)
24 October 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

After the end of neorealism cinema movement,it was Italian cinema's turn to give a different cinema genre to the world.It was called "Commedia All'Italiana", an Italian way of making comedy films.These films tackled Italian realities in a comical fashion.Among its leading proponents,one can cite names of directors such as Dino Risi,Ettore Scola,Mario Monicelli,Luigi Comencini and Nanni Loy.Taking cue from the widespread financial as well as industrial boom which Italy witnessed in 1960s,Dino Risi decided to direct a film called "Il Boom".His film is a brilliant comical attack on Italian upper middle families especially against their ludicrous tendencies to spend more than what they really earn.One sees them enjoying all the comforts which a life can offer them including a visit to a horse racing show and a gourmet food party.The film focuses its attention on Giovanni Alberto,a role played with perfect dexterity by great Italian actor Alberto Sordi,who sacrifices a lot including his family,friends and even a precious part of himself in order to get rid of his mounting debts.Apart from Italian middle classes,Dino Risi's 'Il Boom' is replete with a lot of easy to identify symbols which represent the Italian nation namely church and an ability to dance to excellent English music tracks helmed by Piero Piccioni.All music lovers would like to dance to the tunes of "Il Twist".


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