In pre-World War II Sicily, just as the fascists come to power, two men fall in love with the same woman. The changes in their country's politics ultimately take all three on a journey across the ocean to New York City.
In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.
Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone.Written by
Fellini picture that doesn't get the same amount of attention as his best films of 8 and a Half(1963), La Strada(1954), or La Dolce Vita(1960). One of the final Neo realism films the director did before turning his attention to films that were filled with colorful characterizations. Precusor to The Sting(1973) except this movie is not a comedy. About a conman who wants to reform after meeting his daughter for the first time in a long time. Broderick Crawford puts forth a sympathetic performance as the Veteren conman, Augusto. Its probably the best performance in the actor's long career. Il Bidone/The Swindle(1955) is the middle and least known film of the Loneliness trilogy which includes La Strada(1954) and Nights of Cabiria(1957). All three of these movies reveal that the characters are naive about life around them. Getting a little regconition from some people because of its release on Home Video for the first time. The final frame of the picture reminds me of a scene from Don't Torture a Duckling(1972).
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