Lively Teresa

Lively Teresa (Italian: La vispa Teresa) is a 1943 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Lilia Silvi, Roberto Villa and Carlo Ninchi.[1] It was produced in the style of the White Telephone comedies popular during the Fascist era.

Lively Teresa
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Tino Scotti & Lilia Silvi
Directed byMario Mattoli
Written byMario Mattoli
StarringLilia Silvi
Roberto Villa
Carlo Ninchi
CinematographyCharles Suin
Ugo Lombardi
Edited byFernando Tropea
Music byGioacchino Angelo
Excelsa Film
Regina Film
Distributed byMinerva Film
Release date
  • 4 September 1943 (1943-09-04)
Running time
85 minutes

The film was only fully released following the Liberation of Rome, alongside other equally innocuous films such as The Innocent Casimiro. This provoked criticism from supporters of the emerging neorealist movement who wanted to promote what they regarded as more innovative films, while the major film companies such as Lux Film and Minverva preferred more populist offerings.[2]

It was shot at the Palatino Studios in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Piero Filippone and Mario Rappini.


A wealthy engineer is disturbed when he discovers that his son Alberto has fallen in love with a ambitious manicurist Luisa. He arranges for him to go on holiday to Venice while he tries to buy off Luisa. However, Luisa has secretly accompanied Alberto, and has got her friend Teresa to take her place at the beauty parlour. Alberto's parents mistake her for Luisa, and complications ensue.



  1. ^ "La vispa Teresa". cinematografo. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  2. ^ Gundle p.268


  • Gundle, Stephen. Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy. Berghahn Books, 2013.

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