10 Italian comedies that will not only make you laugh, but also touch you to the core

10 Italian comedies that will not only make you laugh, but also touch you to the core

10 Italian comedies that will not only make you laugh, but also touch you to the core

June 27, 2021Educational programKino
From classic Vittorio De Sica to a very funny parody of Breaking Bad.
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10 Italian comedies that will not only make you laugh, but also touch you to the core


1. Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Ieri oggi domani

  • Italy, France, 1963.
  • Melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 114 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.
Shot from the movie “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”

The film by Vittorio De Sica consists of three stories that are united by the theme of the relationship between a man and a woman. Movie legends Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren play three roles at once.

From the first short story, viewers will learn about a mother of many children who finds an original way to escape justice. In the second, a secular lady and her lover appear, quarreling over nonsense. And in the final episode, the call lady takes a vow of chastity, which gives rise to a lot of comic situations.

2. Alfredo, Alfredo

Alfredo, Alfredo

  • Italy, France, 1972.
  • Melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 107 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.5.
Frame from the film “Alfredo, Alfredo”

Bank clerk Alfredo marries a beautiful woman named Maria Rosa, but the newly-made wife turns out to be a real nymphomaniac. The hero does not like this at all, and here he meets Carolina – her complete opposite.

Director Pietro Germi, the author of the hilarious “Italian Divorce”, took the lead role of American actor Dustin Hoffman – and did not lose. He created on the screen an expressive and very accurate portrait of the “little man”.

3. Fantozzi


  • Italy, 1975
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 97 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.
Shot from the film “Fantozzi”

The petty clerk Ugo Fantozzi is a typical klutz. He lives with an unloved wife and a terribly ugly daughter, and at the same time he constantly finds himself in various ridiculous and ridiculous situations.

Comedian Paolo Villaggio personally invented the unfortunate accountant Ugo Fantozzi, and in the late 1960s wrote many humorous stories about him. Later, this character became the center of a whole series of comedies starring Villaggio. In total, 10 films were made about Fantozzi, and the name of the hero in Italy became a household name.

4. Signor Robinson

Il signor Robinson, mostruosa storia d’amore e d’avventure

  • Italy, 1976
  • Melodrama, comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 107 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.7.
Shot from the film “Signor Robinson”

A simple layman Roby, together with his wife Magda, goes on a sea voyage on a liner, but foolishly finds himself alone on a desert island. There he has to go the way of Robinson Crusoe – up to the fact that the hero will meet his Friday, a beautiful dark-skinned native.

The cutest comedy directed by Sergio Corbucci with the hilarious Paolo Villaggio and the luxurious Zeudi Araya caused a sensation not only in Italy, but also in the USSR. Moreover, for the sake of the Ethiopian beauty, many viewers even went to the cinema several times.

5. Bluff

Bluff storia di truffe e di imbroglioni

  • Italy, 1976
  • Crime comedy.
  • Duration: 110 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

Dangerous woman Belle Duke forces swindler Felix to help another swindler escape from prison – her former lover Philip Bang, with whom she passionately wants to get even. But two scoundrels collude and organize a large-scale scam against Belle.

The role in the film of Sergio Corbucci is rightly considered one of the best in the career of Adriano Celentano. But the American Anthony Quinn excelled no less here, who made an excellent, bright comedy tandem with Celentano.

6. Taming the Shrew

Il bisbetico domato

  • Italy, 1980
  • Melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 104 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

Elia is a cynical farmer who hates women. But one day, the charming Liza bursts into his life, to whom the uncouth provincial seems so extraordinary and charismatic that she decides to conquer him.

The courageous Adriano Celentano and the seductive Ornella Muti fit perfectly into the images of their characters. The movie turned out to be unpretentious and light, although it’s still not worth taking the relationship of the characters as a role model in our time.

7. Life is beautiful

La vita e bella

  • Italy, 1997
  • Drama, comedy.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.
Shot from the film “Life is Beautiful”

Cheerful young man Guido Orefise, a Jew by nationality, moves from the village to the city and falls in love with the teacher Dora. He courts a girl in a very unusual way, marries her, and they have a wonderful son, Josue. But the Nazis come to power, and Guido and his family are sent to certain death in a concentration camp. And there he convinces his son that all this is a game, the main prize in which is a tank.

It would seem that it is impossible to make a comedy about the Holocaust, but director Roberto Benigni (he also wrote the script and played the main role) succeeded. The first half of the film is filled with humor and will give a reason to remember Charlie Chaplin more than once, but the second half will make any viewer shed a tear.

By the way, the chemistry between the characters of Guido and Dora is real: Benigni cast his wife Nicoletta Braschi in the film.

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8. I want to and jump off

Smetto quando voglio

  • Italy, 2014.
  • Crime comedy.
  • Duration: 100 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.0.

Neuroscience professor Pietro invents a new algorithm for simulating organic molecules, but loses his job. Desperate due to lack of money, the hero gathers a gang of other unemployed scientists to sell a synthetic drug – formally legal, because …






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