Fear and Sand

Fear and Sand (Italian: Fifa e arena) is a 1948 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò.[1]

Fear and Sand
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Directed byMario Mattoli
Written bySteno
Marcello Marchesi
Produced byMetropa Film
Isa Barzizza
CinematographyVincenzo Seratrice
Edited byGiuliana Attenni
Music byPippo Barzizza
Distributed byTitanus Film
Release date
  • 1948 (1948)
Running time
80 minutes


Nicolino is a kitchen boy who works in a small pharmacy in the country, run by a woman unbearably rude. So Nicolino really wants to leave his job, when he discovers that you are looking for a murderess with the same face to his. Nicolino so disguises himself as a woman and flees with the first plane is: leave for Sevilla. In Spain Nicolino is always found involved in misunderstandings and terrible mess because it is always considered a murderess until he runs into some people who mistake him for a famous bullfighter ready for his next battle against the bull to be held in bullfight in a few rounds. Nicolino in spite of being trained and prepared for the race and also falls in love with the beautiful Patricia, who encourages him to fight. Nicolino is wittily nicknamed "Nicolete" and is faced with the bull but it breaks down. In the hospital Nicolete prove their identity and will marry Patricia.



  1. ^ "New York Times: Faces of Children". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2008.


  • Brunetta, Gian Piero. The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-first Century. Princeton University Press, 2009.

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