600 theatres for Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The comic trio arrives in cinemas with Il ricco, il povero e il maggiordomo. Among releases this Thursday, the new movie by Neri Parenti, Wild Tales and Pride
“We’re afraid of The penguins of Madagascar or Big Hero. Perhaps it’s because we’re kind of cartoons too”. Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo discussing the fierce competition for Christmas movies. But while the penguins are already in their third week of showings, and we’ll have to wait until 18 December to see Big Hero 6, the comic trio’s new comedy, Il ricco, il povero e il maggiordomo (lit. The rich, the poor and the butler), will be the real star of releases this Thursday in Italy, with a number of copies that, closer to Christmas, will reach the 600 quota.
Four years since their last film, La banda dei Babbi Natale [+see also:
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film profile] (over 24 million euro in total takings), Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo return to the screens with a comedy written and directed by the three together with Morgan Bertacca (screenplay is also by Valerio Bariletti and Pasquale Plastino). A simple story, a mix of fiction and reality, in which the poor help the rich: Giacomo is a wealthy and unscrupulous broker who’s passionate about golf, Giovanni his butler and expert in martial arts, and Aldo, a crooked salesman who paints his face black. The latter, after being knocked down by the luxury car in which Giacomo and Giovanni were travelling, is hastily taken into the car and brought to the broker’s splendid villa to offer him some form of compensation. But Giacomo’s financial empire suddenly collapses, and he and his faithful butler will have to seek shelter at Aldo’s humble abode. Aldo lives with his irritable and uncompromising mother (Giuliana Lojodice). The film is produced by Medusa and Agidi, and distributed by Medusa.
Another comedy released this week, with a large cast of well-known faces and directed by the champion of Christmas movies, Neri Parenti, is What’s your star sign? The movie, produced by International Video 80 and Italian Dreams Factory and distributed by Key Films in over 400 theatres, features actors Massimo Boldi, Gigi Proietti, Vincenzo Salemme and Ricky Memphis among others, and it questions the effects that horoscope, the fourth most clicked word in search engines, has on the lives of Italians. The other two Italian releases this Thursday are different genres: the noir Snow [+see also:
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film profile]) starring Roberto De Francesco, a favourite actor of Mario Martone, Esther Elisha (Là-bas, Take Five) and Massimiliano Gallo (Perez), in 24 theatres with Microcinema; and The story of Cino, a tale centred on social issues, directed by documentary film-maker and screenwriter Carlo Alberto Pinelli, long-time collaborator of Fellini, that focuses on child labour (Whale Pictures distributes).
Finally, two European releases for today 11 December, with a marked absence of American movies: after opening, two days ago, the 24th Courmayeur Noir In Festival, the comic-paradoxical-horror movie Wild Tales [+see also:
film profile] by Damian Szrifon, produced by Pedro Almodovar and in competition at the last Cannes Film Festival (97 theatres launched by Lucky Red) arrives in theatres; while the exhilarating Pride [+see also:
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(Translated from Italian)