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LA FAMIGLIA PASSAGUAI

LA FAMIGLIA PASSAGUAI

LA FAMIGLIA PASSAGUAI

ITALY

1951 – 35mm – b/n – 90’

Direction: Aldo Fabrizi
Screenplay: Aldo Fabrizi, Ruggero Maccari, Mario Amendola from the comedy dalla commedia Cabina 27 di by Anton Germano Rossi
Cinematography: Mario Bava
Editing: Nella Nannuzzi
Set design: Carlo Vignati
Music: Carlo Innocenzi, Enrico Simeone
Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Ave Ninchi, Giovanna Ralli, Giancarlo Zarfati, Peppino De Filippo, Carlo Delle Piane, Tino Scotti, Luigi Pavese, Nyta Dover, Jole Silvani, Pietro De Vico, Alberto Sorrentino
Producer: Aldo Fabrizi
Production: Alfa Films

 

SYNOPSIS

When cavaliere Peppe Valenzi, known as Passaguai (meaning someone who always gets in trouble), decides to take advantage of an employee discount to spend a Sunday at the Fiumicino seaside with his wife and children, a series of troubles begin for everyone, in the form of a funny nightmare.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“Using the very thin plot as just an outline from which to develop ideas and gimmicks, Fabrizi blends the characteristic traits of his comicality into a structure that alternates elements that are even slapstick – the repeated gags with the watermelon, the hilarious idea of the face deformed by his wife’s weight – with more traditional situations, taken from vaudeville or boulevardier theatre shows, with often irresistible comic effects. The direction of the character actors is also excellent, especially Delle Piane, who appears in shorts”. (P. Mereghetti, Il Mereghetti, Dizionario dei film)