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Le médecin et le sorcier

Il medico e lo stregone (French version)
Main screening room
December 18th, 2023
87 min
Mario Monicelli, tragicomédies à l'italienne

A director as prolific as he was sophisticated, Mario Monicelli was the epitome of the famous "Italian comedy", which he embodied with remarkable style and freedom of tone. With a humor that was both biting and generous, he tackled the worries, paradoxes and shortcomings of ordinary Italians. He worked with the great names of Italian comedy (Totò, Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi) and launched the careers of immense actors (Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni). This fourteen-film program takes us through a filmography spanning more than five decades: from the post-war films he co-directed with Steno to the last period of his career (the gritty Christmas film Parenti Serpenti), from masterpieces (Le pigeon, the inaugural masterpiece of the "Italian comedy") to true rarities (Proibito, his only drama).

Le médecin et le sorcier
Directed by
Mario Monicelli
French version
Vittorio De Sica, Marcello Mastroianni, Marisa Merlini
France, Italy
87 min
16 mm

In Pianetta, a small country village, a healer named Don Antonio is widely adored by a gullible population until the arrival of Dr. Marchetti, who will have a hard time making his mark. Between tradition and modernity, this unfairly overlooked Monicelli comedy pits De Sica against Mastroianni.

Le médecin et le sorcier

Mario Monicelli

Mario Alberto Ettore Monicelli (16 May 1915 – 29 November 2010) was an Italian film director and screenwriter and one of the masters of the Commedia all'Italiana (Comedy Italian style). He was nominated six times for an Oscar, and was awarded the Golden Lion for his career.


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