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The Magliari

1959 1h 47m Drama Romance List
Reviews 88% Audience Score 50+ Ratings After Mario loses his job as a miner, he becomes a cloth seller in Hamburg. In the city, Mario runs afoul of a Polish gang, and falls in love with his boss' daughter. Read More Read Less

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paul d A drama with some comedic moments in the early stages of the film, I Magliari was a very nice surprise, as I didn't know the film. It has an intricate story and an excellent, deep cast of characters. Alberto Sordi is excellent, as are Renato Salvatori and Belinda Lee, in quieter ways. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review walter m "The Magliari" starts with Mario Balducci(Renato Salvatori) looking for something to eat in Hanover, West Germany, far away from his home of Tuscany, when he spots an Italian restaurant across the way. Even though he enjoys hearing his native tongue again, service is another matter, at least until Totonno(Alberto Sordi) intervenes on his behalf. In exchange, he lifts Mario's passport to get him out of trouble and Mario a night in jail which Totonno gets him out of in exchange for still being welcome at his favorite restaurant. And then Totonno demonstrates how he makes a living which is not exactly legal. "The Magliari" is a downbeat movie that subverts expectations even with its now familiar setup, starting with the scene with the widow which is played much more for painful disbelief than for laughs. This is a situation that Mario finds himself out of desperation for companionship and cash. The same might not be true for the other men in Totonno's crew, as it is possible that some are also wanted by the authorities in their home country. In any case, what the movie seems to be saying is that it might not matter since they all end up in the same place anyway. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Succeeds in making working class Italian conmen sympathetic, but is more interesting because of the setting and the soundtrack - Hamburg in 1959 - a gritty port with the nightlife based an amazing mix of early rock'n'roll, jazz and then pop scene of several European countries. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After Mario loses his job as a miner, he becomes a cloth seller in Hamburg. In the city, Mario runs afoul of a Polish gang, and falls in love with his boss' daughter.
Director
Francesco Rosi
Genre
Drama, Romance
Original Language
German
Runtime
1h 47m