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The Thursday (1964)

Il giovedì (original title)
It's the story of a day spent by Dino, separated by his wife, who sees his son Robertino after five years. Dino has not contributed anything in life and to win the affection of his son, ... See full summary »

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Franco Castellano (screenplay) (as Castellano), Franco Castellano (story) (as Castellano) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Chiari ... Dino Versini
Michèle Mercier ... Elsa
Roberto Ciccolini Roberto Ciccolini ... Robertino
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Rigoni
Alice Kessler Alice Kessler ... Herself
Ellen Kessler Ellen Kessler ... Herself
Emma Baron ... Giulia Versini
Carole Walker Carole Walker ... Anna - Dino's wife (as Carol Walker)
Milena Vukotic ... Lidia (as Milena Wukotich)
Liliana Maccalè Liliana Maccalè ... Bit part (as Siliana Maccalè)
Olimpia Cavalli Olimpia Cavalli ... Olimpia
Else Sandom Else Sandom ... Robertino's nurse
Silvio Bagolini Silvio Bagolini ... Doctor
Gloria Parri Gloria Parri
Edy Biagetti Edy Biagetti
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It's the story of a day spent by Dino, separated by his wife, who sees his son Robertino after five years. Dino has not contributed anything in life and to win the affection of his son, invents a story about his past. At the end of the day however, he will succeed in establishing a positive relationship with his son and telling the truth about himself. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1965 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Czwartek See more »

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Centerfilm, D.D.L. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 42110 delivered on 18-1-1964. See more »

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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Sono contento
Written and performed by Gianni Morandi
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Il sorpasso redeemed
12 October 2013 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

One of Dino Risi's favorite "babies", "Il Giovedi" is a film that has long been considered inferior in its author's filmography by most critics. At the time of its release, they viewed it as a letdown, particularly in comparison with "Il sorpasso". Much less caustic than this recent masterpiece, too soft for the worshipers of Dino-the-slayer- of-the-mediocre", played by an actor (Walter Chiari) who was no Gassman (but could Gassman really be in ALL of the Italian comedies of the time?), this movie was, in their eyes, a roadway departure to forget. But the perception of the film is in the process of changing. "Il giovedi", a small gem, now clear of its alleged flaws, is quite rightly being reappraised, more soundly at any rate than four decades ago. Today's audiences and critics do the right thing by judging it for what it is (the reconquest of his son by a divorced father) rather than for what it is not (a rehash of "Il sorpasso" with a second-hand Gassman lookalike). Which does not mean that "Il Giovedi" is not related to 'Il sorpasso" in any way. After all, Dino Risi is an auteur and it should come as no surprise that there are constants in his oeuvre. In "Il giovedi" you will of course meet a voluble macho showoff in company with a younger, more sensible creature (which will be the case again in the excellent "Profumo di donna"); there will be unity of time (the Feast of Assumption in "Il sorpasso"; one Thursday during the school year in "Il Giovedi") and of place (most of the action unfurls in a sports car in Rome and its region in both films). But "Il giovedi" has its singularities, the main one being that here Mr. Big Mouth, instead of being beyond redemption and paying a high price for his sins like in "Il sorpasso", is made to experience an epiphany. Which is precisely the main cause for dissatisfaction of those who regard Risi as the "arch monster buster". Sorry guys but Dino also has a heart (a terrible defect indeed!). Moreover when he displays emotion, he has the knack for doing it with a welcome restraint. Of course a film signed Risi just cannot be a tearjerker, "Il giovedi" is even most of the time cruel to its main character. Nevertheless, unlike in "Il sorpasso", the characters (a thoughtless father and his son, too mature for his age) evolve and eventually grow close to each other. The surprise is that those diametrically opposed characters gradually discover that their personalities are complementary: the bad boy side in Dino (the character bearing the same name as the director...) appeals to Robertino, who risks missing out on his childhood while his own wisdom may help (who knows?) this good-for-nothing more inclined to lie and to boast than to face up to reality. And even if Robertino's influence does not basically change his father in the future, this particular Thursday will have been an enchanted break in both their imperfect lives. No, "Il giovedi" is not a cheap "Sorpasso", it is a different film that plays its own tune. No, Walter Chiari is not the poor man's Gassman, he is perfect in the role of the father. No, Dino Risi has not become cheesy: you can see this fine mix of cruelty and tenderness on trust. It is worth an hour and a half of your time.


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