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A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe

Un genio, due compari, un pollo (French version)
Main screening room
April 28th, 2024
Suggested viewing age: 12 and up
126 min
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A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe
Directed by
Damiano Damiani
French version
Terence Hill, Miou-Miou, Robert Charlebois, Klaus Kinski
126 min
Spaghetti Western, comédie
35 mm

Terence Hill returns to his character from Terence Hill returns to his character from My Name is Nobody, a treacherous adventurer who convinces two old friends to help him deceive Major Chabot in order to recover $300,000. The two companions, Locomotive Bill and Lucy, are played by Robert Charlebois and Miou-Miou, who dub themselves in the French version.

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe
Produced and co-written by Sergio Leone, this spaghetti western falls within the comedic vein of the genre while directly addressing the atrocities committed against indigenous peoples. In the French version, Robert Charlebois voices his own character, Locomotive Bill.

Damiano Damiani

Damiano Damiani is an Italian writer, screenwriter, actor and director. He ranks among the greatest directors of Italian cinema, who addressed the social problems of his time. He discovered cinema at an early age, but it was when he saw Frank Capra's New York-Miami at the age of 14 that he realized that behind the images was a message, a vision of the world, a philosophy. Damaniani began directing documentaries (a dozen between 1946 and 1956), and helped write several screenplays, including La Chronique des pauvres amants by Carlo Lizzani. He directed his first film at the age of 37, Jeux précoces, in 1959. Among others, he directed Franco Nero and Claudia Cardinale for his film about the Mafia: La Mafia fait la loi (1967), for which she won the David di Donatello award for Best Lead Actress.


Quand l'Italie révolutionna le western

Après le succès de Pour une poignée de dollars, le bal est lancé : les cinéastes italiens créent un univers à part entière, en inventant leur propre langage de cinéma, où le scope embrasse les visages avec autant d’ampleur que les paysages.

About Damiano Damiani