Piccolo mondo antico

Piccolo mondo antico (literally: Little Ancient World), known in English as Old-Fashioned World , is a 1941 Italian drama film directed by Mario Soldati and based on the 1895 novel by Antonio Fogazzaro. It belongs to the movies of the calligrafismo style.

Piccolo mondo antico
Film poster
Directed byMario Soldati
Written byAntonio Fogazzaro (novel)
Mario Bonfantini (adaptation)
Produced byCarlo Ponti (uncredited)
StarringAlida Valli
CinematographyArturo Gallea (outdoors)
Carlo Montuori (indoors)
Edited byGisa Radicchi Levi (uncredited)
Music byEnzo Masetti
Distributed byIndustrie Cinematografiche Italiane
Release date
10 April 1941
Running time
106 minutes

Plot summaryEdit

During the Italian Risorgimento (mid-nineteenth century), in Austrian-occupied Lombardy, Franco Maironi (Massimo Serato), a young man from an aristocratic family, decides to marry Luisa (Alida Valli), a humble clerk's daughter, against his grandmother, the Marquess Orsola Maironi's wishes. The old lady makes the life of the newly married couple miserable (she destroys the will which would grant Franco his wealth, and causes Luisa's uncle to lose his job, as he was helping them). In the meantime, Luisa gives birth to little Maria. Franco is forced to go to Turin in search of a job. During his absence, Luisa's daughter drowns in Lake of Lugano and she is almost driven mad. Franco returns home for a short time but Luisa reacts coldly towards him. During the Second Italian War of Independence Franco becomes a volunteer soldier in the fight against Austrian and again meets his wife by Lake Maggiore. Despite Luisa's coldness, Franco is sure she still loves him. Aware that he might die in the war, he makes love to her one last time, leaving her pregnant.


Actor Role
Alida Valli Luisa Rigey Maironi
Massimo Serato Franco Maironi
Ada Dondini La marchesa Orsola Maironi
Annibale Betrone Zio Piero
Mariù Pascoli Maria Maironi
Giacinto Molteni Il professore Beniamino Gilardoni
Elvira Bonecchi La signora Barborin Pasotti
Enzo Biliotti Il signor Pasotti
Renato Cialente Von Greisberg
Adele Garavaglia La signora Teresa Rigey
Carlo Tamberlani Don Costa
Giovanni Barrella Il curato di Puria
Nino Marchetti Pedraglio, il cospiratore
Giorgio Constantini L'avvocato di Varenna
Jone Morino Donna Eugenia
Anna Carena Carlotta, la cameriera della marchesa
Domenico Viglione Borghese Dino

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