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Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen (1976)

Signore e signori, buonanotte (original title)
An episodic satire of the social and politic status of Italy in the 70s, through the programming of a television channel.

Directors:

Leonardo Benvenuti (as Benvenuti), Luigi Comencini (as Comenicini) | 9 more credits »

Writers:

Agenore Incrocci (as Age), Leonardo Benvenuti (as Benvenuti) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Senta Berger ... Mrs. Palese
Adolfo Celi ... Commendatore Vladimiro Palese
Vittorio Gassman ... CIA Agent / Inspector Tuttumpezzo
Nino Manfredi ... Cardinal Felicetto dCaprettari
Marcello Mastroianni ... Paolo T. Fiume the TG3 Speaker
Ugo Tognazzi ... General in Toilet / Menelao the Retired Railroad Supervisor
Paolo Villaggio ... Prof. Ludwig Joseph Schmidt / Host of Disgraziometro Show
Felice Andreasi ... Valet of Conclave
Carlo Bagno Carlo Bagno ... Macaluso an Entrant to the Disgraziometro Show
Monica Guerritore ... Assistant of Paolo T. Fiume
Gabriella Farinon ... TV Host
Lucretia Love ... English Teacher
Eros Pagni Eros Pagni ... Police Commissioner Pertinace
Mario Scaccia ... Cardinal Piazza-Colonna
Luigi Uzzo Luigi Uzzo
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Storyline

An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel. An English language lesson turns into a killing of a black dignitary of an embassy by a CIA agent and then into his own killing by another colleague. In a television film, the police are befooled by a fake bomb and put a real one in order not to be derided by the public. In a film inquisition show, the bishop of Naples speaks highly of the importance of the family, but a child who lives a miserable family life kills himself. In the debate that follows it is proposed that they should eat the children, as Swift had said. In the next episode, a general who is in the toilet is called for the NATO parade, but the flasher breaks and in his effort to fix it, he dirts allover and kills himself. In a children's show an inspector finds excuses and delays the arrest of a powerful man. In an inquiry a pensioner is happy with his petty pension, but cries when he ... Written by Alkistis Zografou

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 October 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Buenas noches, señoras y señores See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cooperativa 15 Maggio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The fake advertisement with father and son on a bike is a pardody of a popular advertising campaign for an insurance company of those years. See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculì funiculà
Written by Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco
Performed by Lucio Dalla and Antonello Venditti
Courtesy of Ricordi
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great movie
23 November 2007 | by kdimov76See all my reviews

Excellent and entertaining comedy. What makes it even more enjoyable is that the things they made fun of in 1978 didn't change much in our present society - politicians, religion, the army, police, corruption... Even though it is very funny – almost everything in the movie has a deeper social/political sense and tells you something about life. Even the WC scene is more than a dumb physical sketch. The movie will be interesting especially for people interested in politics, power, religion, government – which actually is all about power. Although I see in the keywords – that the movie is about 'female nudity' – unfortunately I didn't see any... Another great thing about this movie is the casting - even for the small parts.


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