LA GRANDE GUERRA
Thursday, December 4
Starring VITTORIO GASSMAN, ALBERTO SORDI and SILVANA MANGANO
La Grande Guerra (1959) On the Austrian front in World War I, professional thief Vittorio Gassman and bumbling barber’s assistant Alberto Sordi set goldbricking records while avoiding combat at all costs, at the same time contending with fiery pickpocket Silvana Mangano. Virtuoso comic performances from the superstars, but then Monicelli “makes the transition from farce to tragedy with skill unprecedented” (Vernon Young). Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. Approx. 134 min. 35mm.
“The first time that World War I had been seriously dealt with in Italian cinema.”
– Roderick Conway Morris, The New York Times