The Jester's Supper (play)

The Jester's Supper (Italian:La cena delle beffe) is a historical play by the Italian writer Sem Benelli, which was first staged in 1909. In 1919 the play was put on in New York City.[1] It portrays a violent and cruel rivalry in the Florence of Lorenzo the Magnificent.



The play was the basis for an opera La cena delle beffe composed by Umberto Giordano with a libretto written by Benelli himself. It premiered at La Scala on 20 December 1924.


In 1942 the play was adapted as a film, The Jester's Supper, directed by Alessandro Blasetti and starring Amedeo Nazzari and Osvaldo Valenti.[2] It was made at Cinecittà in Rome. The film was a popular success.


  1. ^ Sassoon p.738
  2. ^ Gundle p.192


  • Gundle, Stephen. Mussolini's Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy. Berghahn Books, 2013.
  • Sassoon, Donald. Culture of the Europeans: From 1800 to the Present. Harper Press, 2006.