The Return of Don Camillo

The Return of Don Camillo (Italian: Il ritorno di Don Camillo; French: Le Retour de don Camillo) is a 1953 French-Italian comedy film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Fernandel, Gino Cervi and Édouard Delmont.[1] The film's sets were designed by Virgilio Marchi. It was the second of five films featuring Fernandel as the Italian priest Don Camillo and his struggles with Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi, the Communist Mayor of their rural town.

The Return of Don Camillo
Giovannino Guareschi e Fernandel sul set a Brescello.jpg
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Written byGiovanni Guareschi (story)
René Barjavel
Julien Duvivier
Giuseppe Amato
Produced byGiuseppe Amato
Gino Cervi
Édouard Delmont
Paolo Stoppa
Narrated byEmilio Cigoli
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byMarthe Poncin
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
Release date
5 June 1953
Running time
115 minutes


Don Camillo is exiled to a remote and bleak mountain parish by his bishop at the request of Peppone, the Communist mayor of a small Po Valley town named Brescello. But the mayor develops problems with the citizens of the town, who want Camillo back as parish priest. In addition, a flood threatens to destroy Brescello and its environs. So Peppone calls back the priest, and he tries to raise the money needed to prevent damage from the imminent flood. However, delays occur and the flood devastates the area. Don Camillo insists on remaining in the town as the townspeople flee to safety, but the film ends on a heart-warming note as the sun breaks out heralding the end of the flood.



It was the second most popular film of the year at the French box office in 1953.[2]


  • Don Camillo's Last Round (Italian: Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone; French: La Grande Bagarre)[3] (1955)
  • Don Camillo: Monsignor (Italian: Don Camillo monsignore ma non troppo; French: Don Camillo Monseigneur)[4] (1961)
  • Don Camillo in Moscow (Italian: Il compagno don Camillo; French: Don Camillo en Russie)[5] (1965)
  • Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi (French: Don Camillo et les contestataires; English translated: Don Camillo and the youth of today) [6] (1970) (unfinished film)


  1. ^ Moliterno p.80
  2. ^ "1953 at the box office". Box Office Story.
  3. ^ Don Camillo e l'on. Peppone at IMDb
  4. ^ Don Camillo monsignore ma non troppo at IMDb
  5. ^ Il compagno Don Camillo at IMDb
  6. ^ Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi at IMDb


  • Moliterno, Gino. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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