Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tutti A Casa - Everybody Go Home (1960) - Luigi Comencini

Tutti A Casa - Everybody Go Home (1960)

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Director: Luigi Comencini
Writers: Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli

Stars: Alberto Sordi, Eduardo De Filippo and Serge Reggiani

3 wins & 3 nominations

Video: XVID (.avi) | 528x288 | FPS: 25 | Sound: AC3 | Color: Black and Withe | Size: 896 MB | Runtime: 1:56:47 | Country: Italy | France | Language: Italian | Subtitles: English | French | Spanish | Filming Locations: --- | Genres: War | Drama


Along the venetian seaside, on the morn of September the eight in 1943, Alberto Innocenzi (Alberto Sordi), junior NCO of the Royal Italian Army is shocked when (in response to the separate surrender signed by the Badoglio government in Cassibile) the former allies of the Wehrmacht surround and take by storm the base where he's stationed.
After a comical exchange with a superior command he gets in touch with by telephone ("The incredible has happened, the Germans have joined the Allies and are attacking us!") he, along with some disbanded soldiers, manages to distance the German troops and is thoroughly shocked when, contrary to his plan of finding a higher echelon to which to report, most of the men accept the fact that the war is over for them and "everybody should just go home".
This reaction at first angers him, but in the end he joins army engineer Ceccarelli (Serge Reggiani) and sergeant Fornaciari (Martin Balsam) in discarding the uniforms for civilian clothes and heading southwards for a veritable odissey along the Italian "boot", cut in two by German and Allied occupation and wracked by partisan warfare, bloody reprisals, German press-ganging and other perils.
The trio meets a band of anti-fascist guerrillas but decline to join them (while an Italian army captain they met along the road does, turning into a partisan resistance fighter). Later Innocenzi, caught in the "everybody for himself" mentality which seems to dominate the landscape succumbs to the temptation of abandoning his mates to help a sultry black marketeer smuggle a load of flour to Rome, as she needs a driver and hasn't room for any other passengers. The deal goes awry due to a mechanical failure in a rubble-strewn town where the famished populace plunders the lorry and, after some recriminations and a brief scuffle Innocenzi rejoins his companions. Embarked on a greyhound they assist to the killing of a rookie, naive Italian soldier who tried to protect a Jewish girl during a German roundup; finally they manage to reach Fornaciari's rural home.
The former sergeant is delighted of having returned to his young wife, children and old father and offers Innocenzi and Ceccarelli hospitality for the night; his wife reveals that the family has been hiding a former U.S. POW (Alex Nicol) who escaped from the Folpiano prison camp to protect him from the fascist militia patrols and Fornaciari, albeit grudgingly, accepts to keep protecting him.
After a darkly humorous polenta dinner (served farm-style with salsa over a wooden table, where Innocenzi and the U.S. officer end up arguing over the right of reaching for the sausage length placed at the table's centre) they all go to sleep but a nighttime fascist patrol breaks in and manages to find the allied serviceman. Amidst the children's cries and his wife's weeping Fornaciari is hauled away toward a grim fate and Ceccarelli and Innocenzi flee the premises without being able to help.
The couple manages to reach Littoria (now Latina) where Innocenzi's widowed father (Eduardo De Filippo) lives alone, and offers Ceccarelli (who is Neapolitan) to stay a few days before resuming his travel south. Innocenzi is shocked when his father introduces him to a fascist party leader who is recruiting men for the army of the fascist puppet state of Repubblica Sociale Italiana, instituted by the Germans after the liberation of Benito Mussolini from the Gran Sasso exile.
His father angrily retorts at his objections, citing the misery he's living in and all the sacrifices he incurred in to make him study and allow him to become an army officer; a deep rift is created between father and son and Innocenzi asks Ceccarelli to take him south to Naples as well, to which the engineer happily consents.
However Naples is in grimmer conditions than Rome, directly on the line of fire after the allied landing at Salerno, barely kept under control by brutal German detachments who round up able bodied men to send them to Germany as slave workers. To reach the city the duo passes through a roadblock manned by fanatical yet hungry fascists, Ceccarelli, generously chooses to sacrifice a suitcase of delicacies he was meant to deliver to the wife of his Commanding Officer (who had signed his dismissal on health grounds due to his persistent stomach ulcer). The situation (with the offering readily accepted by the roadblock patrol) causes much panic in Innocenzi, who had raided the case during a night-time train trip substituting the goods with stones and newspaper sheets; he urges his companion to run away before the fascists open it but they are unsuccessful.
Innocenzi and Ceccarelli are pressed in an Organisation Todt rubble-clearing chain gang and manage to escape when the city insurges against the occupiers in the Four days of Naples.
Desperately trying to reach his home, which is just a few blocks away, Ceccarelli is cut down in a hail of German fire, at which time Innocenzi decides that the real war to be waged is that against nazi occupiers and joins an insurgent band offering to man the Breda M 37 machine gun they have captured but can't operate.
With a renewed stern look on his face Innocenzi opens fire against the Germans, bringing the movie to a close.

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