ⓘ The Last Judgment (1961 film)


ⓘ The Last Judgment (1961 film)

The Last Judgment is a 1961 commedia allitaliana film by Italian director Vittorio De Sica. It was coproduced with France.

It has an all-star Italian and international cast, including Americans Jack Palance, Ernest Borgnine; Greek Melina Mercouri and French Fernandel, Anouk Aimee and Lino Ventura.

The film was a huge flop, massacred by critics and audiences when it was released. It was filmed in black and white, but the last sequence, the dance at theatre, is in color.


1. Plot

At the morning of a normal day of a Naples that begins to hear complex and not always positive effects of the economic boom, a stentorian voice Nicola Rossi-Lemeni which seems to come down from heaven announces that "At 18 begins the Last Judgement!". The announcement is repeated with increasing insistence, first treated with disdain and then more and more frightening. The plot is fragmented into a series of scenarios and stories intertwined: the preparation of the great ball of the Duke to whom all Naples is requested, the struggle to get dressed up in the poorest districts, bored rich you are courting, a husband who accidentally discovers his wife with her lover, a cynical imagine that ekes out a living selling children in America, a young man of good company made the subject of sneers from fierce populace, the unlikely defense of a lobbyist by a wordy lawyer the by De Sica, and the impact of the increasingly mysterious voice shaking innovation of this human variety. Those who repent too late, he who gives himself to the mad joy, who flaunts a false indifference. Announced time, the city is impacted by a terrible flood the mysterious voice that has already passed the stage of sanctions? After which, with great solemnity, the Last Judgment begins and ends, however, as mysteriously as it is announced. The sun came out, people rushed to the ball of the Duke and soon everything is forgotten, the sound of an ironic "Lullaby", coined shortly before by a hypocritical and false slavery.


2. Cast

  • Domenico Modugno - the singer
  • Vittorio De Sica - Defense lawyer
  • Jimmy Durante - the big nose man
  • Elisa Cegani - Giovannas mother
  • Akim Tamiroff - the director
  • Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia - the unemployed men
  • Melina Mercouri - Foreign lady
  • Mike Bongiorno - himself
  • Nino Manfredi - Waiter
  • Lamberto Maggiorani - a poor man
  • Jaime de Mora y Aragon - Ambassador
  • Alberto Sordi - Merchant of children
  • Anouk Aimee - Giorgios wife Irene
  • Renato Rascel - Coppola
  • Alberto Bonucci - the guest in Matteonis house
  • Maria Pia Casilio - the waitress
  • Lino Ventura - Giovannas father
  • Ernest Borgnine - the pickpocket
  • Eleonora Brown - Giovanna
  • Silvana Mangano - Letizia Matteoni
  • Marisa Merlini - a mother
  • Fernandel - The widower
  • Paolo Stoppa - Giorgio
  • Vittorio Gassman - Cimino
  • Jack Palance - Matteoni
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