WriterBruno Corbucci, Giovanni Grimaldi Release date1963
The Monk of Monza (Italian: Il monaco di Monza) is a 1963 Italian comedy film directed by Sergio Corbucci. It parodies the story of the Nun of Monza, as depicted in the Alessandro Manzoni's novel The Betrothed.
Monza, 1630, a period of Spanish rule. Pasquale Cicciacalda, a humble shoemaker native of Casoria, widower of the midwife Provvidenza, can not maintain their 12 children (6 pairs of twins) and therefore devises a cunning ploy. Disguised himself and his children as monks, vague with them pretending to be poor monks, asking food and charity.
Totò as Friar Pasquale da Casoria (Pasquale Cicciacalda)
Erminio Macario as Friar Mamozio
Nino Taranto as Don Egidio, Marquis de Lattanziis
Lisa Gastoni as Fiorenza, Marquise del Giglio
Moira Orfei as Sister Virginia
Giacomo Furia as Cecco
Fiorenzo Fiorentini as Smilzo
Adriano Celentano as Adriano
Don Backy as the false friar
Dany París as Fiorenza's waitress
Mario Castellani as the nobleman with two right shoes