The Great Italian Novel: 1958-1981. La Commedia all'italiana

"A serious taste for comedy"
Dino Risi

By “Great Italian Novel” I mean here the adventurous history of italian comedy after World War II: more specifically, this is my personal selection of what is called "Commedia all’italiana", a “super-genre” with blurred boundaries and not so easy to define, nevertheless very recognizable by italian people. Very popular at home and little known abroad.

Let’s try to trace a timeline.
It is usual to consider Mario Monicelli’s I soliti ignoti (1958) as the “big bang” of the Commedia all’italiana, although we can find forerunners of its characteristic bittersweet tone along the path that goes from late 40s to late 50s, passing trough the the so-called “neorealismo rosa” (“pink neorealism”) and the explosion…

  • Big Deal on Madonna Street
  • The Widower
  • The Great War
  • Fiasco in Milan
  • Love and Larceny
  • L'impiegato
  • Adua and Her Friends
  • The Passionate Thief
  • Everybody Go Home!
  • The Traffic Policeman
  • ...And Suddenly It's Murder!
  • La svedesi
  • Ghosts of Rome
  • The Policeman on Horseback
  • The Fascist
  • The Last Judgment
  • A Difficult Life
  • On the Tiger's Back
  • Divorce Italian Style
  • Leoni al sole
  • Il mantenuto
  • Roaring Years
  • The Police Commissioner
  • Crazy Desire
  • La cuccagna
  • Mafioso
  • Il Sorpasso
  • Paris, My Love
  • March on Rome
  • Sex Can Be Difficult
  • The Conjugal Bed
  • The Reunion
  • The Hours of Love
  • I cuori infranti
  • La bella di Lodi
  • The Attic
  • The Little Nuns
  • Omicron
  • The Basilisks
  • Crazy Sea
  • The Girl from Parma
  • Summer Frenzy
  • The Boom
  • Il successo
  • The Organizer
  • The Monsters
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • To Bed or Not to Bed
  • The Commandant
  • The Teacher from Vigevano
  • Il gaucho
  • Let's Talk About Women
  • The Visitor
  • High Infidelity
  • The Thursday
  • Seduced and Abandoned
  • It's a Hard Life
  • Three Nights of Love
  • The Magnificent Cuckold
  • My Wife
  • Marriage Italian Style
  • The Flying Saucer
  • The Dolls
  • One Million Dollars
  • Six Days a Week
  • Run for Your Wife
  • Casanova '70
  • Complexes
  • Made in Italy
  • Snow Job
  • Thrilling
  • I Knew Her Well
  • Weekend, Italian Style
  • Oggi, domani, dopodomani
  • The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
  • Me, Me, Me... and the Others
  • A Matter of Honor
  • Smoke Over London
  • For Love and Gold
  • The Queens
  • Our Husbands
  • The Treasure of San Gennaro
  • The Devil in Love
  • Pardon, Are You for or Against?
  • The Witches
  • The Climax
  • I Married You for Fun
  • The Head Of The Family
  • The Tiger and the Pussycat
  • An Italian in America
  • Anyone Can Play
  • Italian Secret Service
  • The Prophet
  • Caprice Italian Style
  • La moglie giapponese
  • The Girl with a Pistol
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Say No
  • Torture Me But Kill Me with Kisses
  • Be Sick… It's Free
  • The Black Sheep