Man, Beast and Virtue

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L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlwɔːmo la ˈbestja e la virˈtu]), internationally released as Man, Beast and Virtue, is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Steno. It starred Italian comedian Totò and famed actor Orson Welles. The film was originally shot in Gevacolor, but only black-and-white prints exist today.[2]

L'uomo, la bestia, la virtù
(Man, Beast and Virtue)
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Directed byStefano Vanzina
Written byLucio Fulci
Vitaliano Brancati
Steno
Jean Josipovici
Based onMan, Beast and Virtue
by Luigi Pirandello
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Luigi De Laurentiis
Carlo Ponti
Antonio Altaviti
StarringTotò
Orson Welles
Viviane Romance
CinematographyMario Damicelli
Edited byGisa Radicchi Levi
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
P.G. Redi[1]
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
May 9, 1953
Running time
90 min
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

Sergio Leone and Lucio Fulci were both assistant directors on this film. Fulci said the film did not really do well, but it gave Fulci his first screenwriting credit, and he really enjoyed being in Orson Welles' presence. Welles was in Italy filming Othello at the time, and Fulci said Welles' entire diet consisted of oranges which he ate in massive quantities. Fulci described Totò as being a very sad figure, and said Carlo Ponti forced him to star in this film against his will as Totò had signed a contract with the producer. Although filming went past the contracted period, Ponti never paid Orson Welles a penny in overtime either.[3]

The film was based on the 1919 novel and play of the same name by Luigi Pirandello.[4] Pirandello's heirs were very disappointed with the film, which they said omitted most of the bawdy humor and the theme of dressing the actors up in animal costumes was jettisoned by the producers, leaving behind an emasculated version of Pirandello's play. To make matters worse, the film vanished from sight for decades following its brief theatrical release, a black-and-white print only surfacing in the early 1990s, making it impossible to evaluate Mario Damicelli's much vaunted color cinematography.[5]

PlotEdit

Paolino (Totò) is in love with a married woman, Annarella (Viviane Romance). Both participate in a casual affair, but one day Annarella becomes pregnant. The woman's husband, Captain Perella (Orson Welles), suddenly returns after months away from home for work. In order to avoid the shame and disgrace of discovery, Paolino hatches a complex plot to ensure that Perella spends a night of pleasure with Annarella to disguise the origin of her pregnancy. Little do they know the Captain is recovering from a series of trysts with multiple mistresses while on his sea voyage. Paolino dresses Annarella in sexy attire to pique her husband's interest and even tries to get him to eat some cake laced with stimulants.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Howarth, Troy (2015). Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and his Films. Midnight Marquee Press. page 23.
  2. ^ Alberto Anile. I film di Totò (1946-1967): la maschera tradita. Le mani, 1998.
  3. ^ Howarth, Troy (2015). Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and his Films. Midnight Marquee Press. page 24.
  4. ^ Nino Genovese, Sebastiano Gesù. La musa inquietante di Pirandello, il cinema. Bonanno, 1990.
  5. ^ Howarth, Troy (2015). Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and his Films. Midnight Marquee Press. page 24.

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