The American premiere of the historical romantic comedy will be held at Filmforum.
Be and remain forever in history.
Dino Risi’s 1961 historical comedy “Una Vita Difficile” traces the story of Italy’s post-World War II economic sleeplessness and subsequent recovery. Never released in the US, the film is now debuting in New York at the Film Forum in a new 4K restoration.
IndieWire exclusively previews the Rialto Pictures feature, restored on VDM by Studiocanal.
In 1944, Silvio Magnozzi (Alberto Sordi), a Roman student and former army lieutenant, flees from the Germans. Elena (Lea Massari) saves Silvio’s life by killing a German soldier and the pair fall in love, their romance spanning decades and many locations.
The classic commedia all’italiana Opposite Massari, one of Italy’s biggest box office hits, Sordi is an on-again, off-again relationship story that spans 17 years of Italian history – from the last year of World War II to World War II. the economic boom of the early 1960s – as Sordi’s commitment to the Cause prevents him from earning a decent living for Massari and their newborn son.
“Una Vita Difficile” is produced by Dino De Laurentiis.
Director Risi, who famously helmed the sequel “Il Sorpasso,” said before his death in 2008 that his filmography was rooted in “political” films.
“Political cinema does not necessarily mean that the protagonists are workers and politicians,” Risi said in a press statement courtesy of Marco Risi. “We’ve done so many boring movies. Any film that depicts and explores a moment in society is political.”
Reflecting on the 1961 feature, Risi said, “’Una Vita Difficile’ got really good reviews, which was strange because I was generally impressed. It seems like a book about me comes out every month now, but the critics treated me really badly at the time. The Italians only started giving me good reviews after the French started giving me reviews. At the time, critics liked left-wing films where no one could laugh.”
A new 4K restoration of “Una Vita Difficile” will debut at the Film Forum on February 3rd and expand nationally to select markets.
Watch the trailer below.
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