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Il Boom

Dir. Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1963, 88 min., Italian w/English subtitles


Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a mid-level executive during the economic boom following World War II, goes to absurd lengths to maintain his wife Silvia's (Gianna Maria Canale) standard of living. When Signora Bausetti (Elena Nicolai), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, makes him an offer that would wipe out all of his debts, Giovanni is faced with an eye-popping dilemma. Vittorio De Sica’s dark comedy was never officially released in the United States. Now newly restored, audiences will finally have the opportunity to see another side of the Italian auteur most known for his neorealist classics Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D.