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Director  Dino Risi
Music director  Carlo Savina
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Language  Italian
8.1/10 IMDb


Genre  Comedy, Drama, War
Screenplay  Rodolfo Sonego
Writer  Rodolfo Sonego
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Release date  19 December 1961
Cast  Alberto Sordi (Silvio Magnozzi), Lea Massari (Elena Pavinato), Franco Fabrizi (Franco Simonini), Lina Volonghi (Amalia Pavinato), Claudio Gora (le commandeur Bracci), Antonio Centa (Carlo, l'ami d'Elena)
Similar movies  Directed by Dino Risi, Alberto Sordi movies, Movies about Italy

A Difficult Life (Italian: Una vita difficile) is a Commedia all'italiana or Italian-style comedy film directed by Dino Risi in 1961. Parts of the movie scenes were filmed in Lierna, Lake Como.

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Plot

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Silvio (Alberto Sordi) is an Italian partisan. He and his companions belong to the Italian resistance movement and are fighting against the fascists and the Nazis. They are at Lake Como. He is helped by Elena (Lea Massari). He spends three months hiding in Elena's grandfather's mill. They fall in love. Silvio is an idealist, probably communist, journalist writer. He goes back to war.

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The film spans the story of Italy from 1944 to 1960, from the times of poverty in World War II to the birth of the Italian Republic, the elections and Silvio's ideals of the Italian Communist Party, his stay in jail, his disappointments, his crises with Elena, his attempts to get his works published and to sell his film scripts in Cinecittà to Alessandro Blasetti, Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman (they appear as themselves).

Cast

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  • Alberto Sordi: Silvio Magnozzi
  • Lea Massari: Elena Pavinato
  • Franco Fabrizi: Franco Simonini
  • Lina Volonghi: Amalia Pavinato
  • Claudio Gora: Commendator Bracci
  • Antonio Centa: Carlo
  • Loredana Nusciak: Giovanna
  • Daniele Vargas: Marquis Capperoni
  • Franco Scandurra: President of the examination board
  • Mino Doro: Ragana
  • Cult scenes

    Some scenes are famous in the history of Italian cinema: the dinner at Princess' palace with the referendum of the Italian Republic; when Silvio asks a shepherd guard, "Dimmi, pastore, tu sei felice?". (Tell me, are you happy?); when a drunken Silvio spits at all the cars that drive by on the road after his wife had escaped from a night club in a very long piano sequenza shoot.

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  • Lierna, Lake Como
  • References

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