From famed filmmaker Vittorio De Sica (BICYCLE THIEVES, MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE), screenwriter Cesare Zavattini and comedic superstar Alberto Sordi (MAFIOSO, THE WHITE SHEIK), IL BOOM is a clever social comedy satirizing 1960s bourgeois consumerism. Italy's postwar economy is booming, but Giovanni (Sordi) is drowning in debt and overspending to maintain his beloved wife Silvia's (Gianna Maria Canale) high standard of living. Approached by the imperious Signora Bausetti (real-life opera diva Elena Nicolai) with a lucrative but unusual offer, Giovanni can't see how he can turn it down. "Among the most savage and surreal of Italian comedies…De Sica and Zavattini draw both humor and pathos. It's that combination of qualities — real people, caught in a surreal word, reacting in recognizable ways to a society rapidly spinning out of control — that makes IL BOOM so vibrant, funny and disturbing." – Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice. DIR Vittorio De Sica; SCR Cesare Zavattini; PROD Dino De Laurentiis. Italy, 1963, b&w, 85 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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