Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno
|Directed by||Mario Monicelli|
|Produced by||Luigi De Laurentiis
Aurelio De Laurentiis
|Written by||Leo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Mario Monicelli (from the tales written by Giulio Cesare Croce)|
|Starring||Ugo Tognazzi, Lello Arena, Maurizio Nichetti, Alberto Sordi, Annabella Schiavone, Carlo Bagno|
|Music by||Nicola Piovani|
|Editing by||Ruggero Mastroianni|
Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno (internationally released as Bertoldo, Bertoldino, and Cascacenno) is a 1984 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli. It was filmed in Rome, Cappadocia, Marano Lagunare and Exilles.
The film's story, the setting and the use of typical Italian dialect mixed with ancient Latin words of the Middle Ages, are inspired by the previous chapters L'armata Brancaleone (1965) and Brancaleone alle crociate (1970), also directed by Mario Monicelli.
This time, the setting takes place in italic ninth century in Veneto at the court of the king of Neapolitan origin Alboin. Across the landscape and the scenery is characterized by a constant decay and desolation of the values and culture of the people, forced to behave in the most barbarous to earn a piece of bread. The crude and cunning peasant enters Bertoldo but with the king by making use of his wonderful intellect capable of making jokes and riddles to solve curious. He also has a son, Bertoldino boy very different from his father as weak and stupidity out of the ordinary. In fact, when Bertoldo, greeted Alboin, returns to his poor village, he discovers that nearly all his possessions were sold by his wife dumb Marcolfa and Bertoldino to a man of the church considered by all a holy man because he sold and exhibited relics of every saint. In the Middle Ages it often in Italy were axes in which these people to fool more foolish and more gullible showed various types of relics belonging to the saints, apostles, and even Jesus Christ, such as the pieces of his cross. These alleged relics were actually junk, yet many people was cheated. And in fact, the guru of the story is Fra Cipolla (Father Onion - figure taken from Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio), a man who not only traded in the work of the Florentine writer false relics, but tried to gain lots of offers for his church showing the pilgrims. His ace in the hole was a large pen that was said to have belonged to the wings when the Archangel Gabriel came to Mary to announce the birth of Christ. Bertoldo immediately clear deception and Fra Cipolla reaches to recover what was his, but then you put together and divide the money from the stupidity of the gullible pilgrims.
Meanwhile, in the court of Alboin, the situation becomes more and more difficult to control, since the women are beginning to be regarded as offenses of their miserable condition of slaves to their husbands, good only to satisfy them in bed, so all of them wear the chastity belt as long as are introduced into the politics of the kingdom. Another problem for the poor Alboin is also the marriage of his daughter to the king of Byzantine Ravenna Theodor said "The Emaciated" because of his physical defect. But the man turns out to be so bad that the daughter of Alboin refuses to marry him, but the arrival of Bertoldo court to remit to the place and the situation of women fierce that the marriage of the princess in love with a simple painter. To reward, Alboin gives Bertoldo a gold ring, but these once back in his house afraid that people will steal it and try plenty of places to hide. Finally, not knowing where to put the ring, Bertoldo swallows. Meanwhile, in Verona is another successful trouble: the princess daughter of Alboin fled with her lover, the painter and the king in despair had a nervous breakdown. All the best clowns in the area are invited to laugh again the king, including the bewildered and picturesque Fra Cipolla who uses his feather. At the end, as always, Bertoldo will return the smile on the lips of the king to reward him introduce him to court. But for the life of the noble Bertoldo is very ugly and difficult, so dies in despair, while his son Bertoldino with his wife gives birth to bizarre Cacasenno.
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