La sbandata

La sbandata is a 1974 commedia sexy all'italiana film directed by Alfredo Malfatti (supervised by Salvatore Samperi). According to several sources the film was actually directed by Samperi but signed by his assistant director for contract issues.[1][2]

La sbandata
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Directed byAlfredo Malfatti
Salvatore Samperi (supervising)
Written by
Based onIl volantino
by Pietro A. Buttitta
Produced by
CinematographyFranco Di Giacomo
Edited bySergio Montanari
Music byDomenico Modugno
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
Running time
95 minutes

It is an adaptation of the novel Il volantino (1965) by Pietro A. Buttitta[3] and was filmed in Acireale and Sant'Alfio, Province of Catania.[4]


Salvatore Cannavone (Domenico Modugno) is a Sicilian cobbler-cum-shoe salesman who has worked for thirty years in New York City. He returns to his hometown where, although of modest means in America, he is considered a wealthy man and becomes the centre of attraction. He begins to live with his brother Raffaele (Pippo Franco), his wife Rosa (Luciana Paluzzi), and his stepdaughter Mariuccia (Eleonora Giorgi) and, starting from their first meet, he and Mariuccia get busy with games of seduction. Raffaelle notices Salvatore's interest in Mariuccia and attempts to make use of it to have him stay at their house and to exploit his wealth. On the other hand, Salvatore also has an eye on voluptuous Rosa and both Mariuccia and Rosa begin to see Salvatore's passion as a means to secure the economic benefits he provides, which eventually leads to a peculiar ménage à trois. Things get even more complicated when Mariuccia is betrothed to another man.


  1. ^ "Meravigliosa creatura. Eleonora Giorgi" in Nocturno, n° 104, April 2011, pag. 94.
  2. ^ Franco Verucci. La fabbrica del riso: 32 sceneggiatori raccontano la storia del cinema italiano. Un Mondo a Parte, 2004. ISBN 8890062991.
  3. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059695.
  4. ^ Franco La Magna. Il set spettacoloso: itinerari etnei nel cinema. Bonanno, 2002.

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