Lazzarella (film)

Lazzarella, is a 1957 Italian comedy film directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia and starring Alessandra Panaro and Mario Girotti (later best known as Terence Hill). It is loosely inspired by the lyrics of the song "Lazzarella" by Riccardo Pazzaglia and Domenico Modugno, with the same Pazzaglia serving as a screenwriter.[1] The film was a box office success, being the tenth most viewed film in the 1957/58 season in Italy.[2]

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Directed byCarlo Ludovico Bragaglia
Written byRiccardo Pazzaglia
Giorgio Prosperi
Ugo Guerra
Story byRiccardo Pazzaglia
StarringAlessandra Panaro
Terence Hill
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
CinematographyRaffaele Masciocchi
Edited byMario Serandrei
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)


Luciano, who studies at the University, falls in love with Sandra, a high school student, who reciprocates his love. If her family is very rich, his is of modest extraction; the difference in conditions does not seem to be a problem, however, and Luciano's degree increases the hope of a happy future. Following a sudden financial crisis, however, Sandra's family business goes bankrupt: so, to come to the aid of her parents, the girl accepts the care of a very rich childhood friend, deciding to marry him to get his financial support. Luciano, not aware of the girl's motives, will leave her in a bad way. But Lazzarella's feelings will prevail and in the end he will find his love again.



  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.
  2. ^ Anita Pesce, Marialuisa Stazio (18 December 2013). La canzone napoletana. Tra memoria e innovazione. CNR. Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo, 2013. ISBN 978-8890950001.

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