Lo Scopone Scientifico (English Subtitled) 1972 NR

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Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

Starring:
Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Lo Scopone Scientifico (English Subtitled)

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Luigi Comencini
Starring Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano
Supporting actors Joseph Cotten, Bette Davis, Mario Carotenuto, Domenico Modugno, Franca Scagnetti, Antonella Demaggi, Daniele Dublino, Luciana Lehar, Luciano Martana, Aristide Caporale, Alfredo Capri, Goffredo Pistoni, Leonardo Pantaleo, Guido Cerniglia, Emilio Cappuccio, Dante Cecilia, Riccardo Perucchetti, Piero Morgia
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat on March 10, 2012
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An impoverished couple (Silvana Mangano, Alberto Sordi) live in a hut with their three children in a rundown neighborhood in Rome. But each year in the spring, a wealthy woman (Bette Davis) and her constant companion (Joseph Cotten) return to their villa high on a hill and play cards with the couple. The millionairess gives the couple the stakes they need to play and which she ultimately wins back. This is a black comedy about greed and how it infects people. The two men are rather weak and dominated by the women who are the better card players. The poor couple are so greedy that they literally pawn everything they have in the hopes of winning some of the old lady's millions. Even the old witch with all her millions has a furious fit if she loses any even the smallest amount and so addicted, she even wants to play on her deathbed! The greed infects the neighborhood (who pools money to stake the couple) which fantasizes about what they are going to do with the won money. Even the kids are greedy. Director Luigi Comencini gives us an obvious clue early in the film that foreshadows its twisted ending. It's in Italian so it's a bit of a shock to hear Davis' inimitable voice dubbed into Italian but the actress who dubbed her does a credible job and a few times, you think it is Davis speaking. But the film belongs to Mangano and Sordi who won David Di Donatello (the Italian Oscar) awards for the performances here. It would make a great double bill with THE CINCINNATI KID.

The Madman DVD via Australia is a decent anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer in Italian with English subtitles.
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By Grandy 2014 on April 14, 2010
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A fan of Bette Davis and-or Joseph Cotten films will relish in the SATIRE played on greed throughout this Italian-made, English subtitled, classic film. An older, keener, more subtley conniving Bette Davis steals every scene of this film that she plays in as a filthy rich card sharp. Davis is considered "the old millionairess" who travels around the world in order to play "The Scientific Card Game, in Italian, Lo Scopone Scientifico." I've watched and reviewed every Bette Davis film she ever made. This one is by far the hardest to come by in VHS or DVD. Watch Davis pull off a mastery of satire like no one else could. She's a trip and a half. Admittedly, a viewer would have to appreciate the real differences between US culture and Italian culture in order to have fun with all of the satire and the high strung emotionalism. That emoting to the Nth degree is typical of Italian-made films that truly depict Italian people in their culture. But, that difference also makes this film hillarious. Davis played a terrific matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family in a US-made satire of greed called, "The Anniversary." In this film, Miss Davis exceeds herself to such an exceptional level of acting that I consider this her finest satirical comedy of all time. Get over reading subtitles in order to enjoy Davis' last classic satire~
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Soooooo Roman. Awesome and funny.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Mitchell VINE VOICE on November 15, 2011
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Bette speaking Italian? NO NO NO. This movie is not worth watching. I love Bette Davis and Joseph Cotton but this movie with its subtitles and our Bette speaking Italian ..well...it ruins it all for me. I suppose this is when she could not get work in Hollywood and did make a couple of Italian movies but the other one I know of is in ENGLISH not subtitled.
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