Il secondo tragico Fantozzi
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Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (The second tragic Fantozzi) is an Italian comedy film released in 1976. It is the second film in the saga of the unlucky clerk Ugo Fantozzi, played by its creator, Paolo Villaggio.
|Il secondo tragico Fantozzi|
Italian theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Luciano Salce|
|Produced by||Giovanni Bertolucci|
|Written by||Leonardo Benvenuti|
Piero De Bernardi
|Narrated by||Paolo Villaggio|
|Music by||Franco Bixio|
|Edited by||Antonio Siciliano|
Fantozzi is working overtime to protect the "Clamorous Mega-Director Duke-Count Engineer" Semenzara, (a CEO) who is cheating on his wife. Missing security guards shooting (that mistake him as a rogue), he's even "physically" forced by his colleagues to return to work in normal daylight hours.
CEO Semenzara is a very superstitious gambler and poker player. Fantozzi is chosen to accompany him to Monte Carlo, where he is forced to touch his bum, be stomped on, and drink gallons of extremely-sparkling water just for superstitious reasons. Unfortunately for Fantozzi, the Duke-Count loses all his money, blaming Fantozzi and forcing him to return home clinging for dear life under a train. Fantozzi comes back home totally immobilized, and is "cured" by Mrs. Pina with scalding cloths at a terrible temperature, causing him "mystic hallucinations" of St. Michael announcing his imminent pregnancy.
This segment of the film also states that Calboni married Miss Silvani (now going by "Miss Silvani in Calboni") presumably as a consequence of the events of the first film.
Filini and Fantozzi enjoys some hunting time; unfortunately the space reserved for hunters is very tiny: with extreme competition and an almost total absence of games, manhunt skirmishes quickly begin escalating to World War I-era heavy machine guns and tanks, with "a megalomaniac" even renting a bomber aircraft. Fantozzi and Filini fall "just" as captured safari preys.
Philanthropic Contessa Serbelloni Mazzanti Vien dal mare is selected to launch a new and massive cruise ship, but always misses targets when throwing bottles of champagne, hitting Fantozzi twice, the Mayor, a government minister, and a centenarian baron. Then it is decided to cut a wire as a substitution, but she misses and cuts the archbishop's pinkie toe with a hatchet, resulting in the man cursing and chasing her, swearing to kill her. That same evening, noble lords organize a dinner with politicians, workers and clerks: including Fantozzi and Filini, being in the clutches of the giant, ferocious watchdog "Ivan the Terrible" XXXII. At dinner the two accountants, without social skills of any sort, botch almost everything, embarrassing their director: cruel jokes with a German ambassador, troubles with baked mockingbird and burning tomatoes. Eventually threatened again by Ivan the Terrible, Fantozzi suddenly flees in a fast Maserati, but the dog chases and confines him in the car for one week (counted by his CEO's as holidays).
In reaction for already "spending" his holidays, Fantozzi pretends to be sick and goes to see the circus with free tickets. Unfortunately, he finds there its director, who recognizes him immediately. Hiding in a cannon, Fantozzi is fired and blown up in Sicily where, again under "mystical hallucinations", is informed by archangel Gabriel of his 9-months pregnancy.
The powerful Professor Riccardelli is a CEO that 20 years ago hired Fantozzi (asking anomalous questions about silent films) as a "sponge for stamps" assignment. As an avant-garde cinema enthusiast, he periodically forces his underlings to watch boring and long foreign silent films like Day of Wrath, Man of Aran, and Battleship Potemkin (re-titled "La corazzata Kotiomkin", "Battleship Kotiomkin", for the film, as well as re-shot due to copyright issues), a film by Serghei M. Einstein, mobbing a bored Fantozzi in debate sessions after screenings while his servile and hypocritical colleagues fake crazy enjoying for the films. One of this screenings forces Megacompany clerks to miss the real-time broadcast of an important world championship soccer match. In after-movie debate, Fantozzi rides disgruntled employees, openly denouncing the movie as "a crazy crap" (which results in a 92 minutes-long standing ovations, "a new world record") and takes CEO Riccardelli hostage, watching B movies and destroying reels of his beloved films. Eventually the police sedate the rebellion and the clerks are forced to reenact key scenes of Battleship Potemkin every Saturday as punishment.
Unexpectedly home alone, Fantozzi calls Calboni and Filini and organizes an evening with prostitutes. They finally spend the night in a hot club, buying everything that is possible; they go so far that the accountants will be so salty (over 3000 £, $3200) later, and can not find the money to even pay for the taxi drivers, lynching Filini. As the only one with a girl, Calboni cheats on his wife.
It's the opportunity Fantozzi awaited so long and this time he finally succeeds: Miss Silvani, griefstricken, decides to become Fantozzi's lover. Fantozzi leaves his family to go away with her. The two lovers drive to Capri for a honeymoon, but their vacation is studded with tragic situations (a crash on a giant stack, dives into an empty pool and by altitudes) and misunderstantings. Also, Miss Silvani repeatedly compares Fantozzi to Calboni, evidencing how much he is worse than her husband. One of the accidents results in Fantozzi being knocked unconscious, awakening in bed and being told by Miss Silvani that they had sex. The holiday results in the reconciliation of Silvani and Calboni (to the monetary damage and delusion of Fantozzi, who discovers that Silvani lied to him, as they never had sex nor did she ever love him); a struggling Fantozzi, attempting suicide, is caught by a fishing boat and sold as a "sea product". Then he is bought by his wife Pina, returning home safe and sound and just in time to celebrate Christmas. Fantozzi is positive, and in an evening call by Galactic Mega-Director is offered back his old job, from which he was fired from before the honeymoon. The unfortunate accountant resumes work in his company, but this time he is hired as a lightning rod.