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La nonna Sabella (1957)

Raffaele, a Neapolitan student, get the news that his beloved grandmother Sabella is dying. He immediately goes to Pollena to be beside her.


Dino Risi


Remigio Del Grosso (screenplay), Pasquale Festa Campanile (novel) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Pica ... Nonna Sabella
Peppino De Filippo ... Emilio
Sylva Koscina ... Lucia
Renato Salvatori ... Raffaele Rizzullo
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Avvocato Emilio Mancuso
Dolores Palumbo Dolores Palumbo ... Carmelina
Rossella Como Rossella Como ... Evelina Mancuso
Gorella Gori Gorella Gori
Gina Mascetti Gina Mascetti
Edoardo Guerrera Edoardo Guerrera
Fausto Guerzoni Fausto Guerzoni
Mario Ambrosino Mario Ambrosino
Nino Vingelli
Liana Ferri Liana Ferri
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... Eusebio


Raffaele returns to Pollena answering to a call from his dying grandmother. But when he arrives he finds out everything is a trick to make him return and marry Pollena's wealthiest girl. He prefers his childhood friend Lucia but it will not be easy work to convince Sabela. While trying to do so, Raffaele helps his aunt to get married. Written by Superstar

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Release Date:

26 December 1957 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh! Sabella See more »

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1.37 : 1
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La nonna
19 August 2019 | by MegaSuperstarSee all my reviews

This fine italian comedy directed by Nino Risi deservedly won the gold shell award at San Sebastian cinema festival in 1957. The story of a stubborn village old woman who wishes her grandson marries the richest girl in town to support his studies in Naples and allows her visit Rome is a fun movie with sympathetic characters. The success of the film is maily due to its cast: Renato Salvatori as Raffaele, Tina Pica as nonna Sabella, Silva Koscina as Lucia, Peppino De Filippo as Emilio and Dolores Palumbo as Carmelina. All of them contribute to endow the film with a joyful and happy feeling that benefits the story, based on a book by Pasquale Festa Campanile: La nonna Sabella. The film was a complete success that lead to a sequel with the same cast: La nipote Sabella.

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