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The classic Nicolas Gogal fable THE OVERCOAT is given a European flavor by Italian filmmaker Alberto Lattuada; some consider the film to be Lattuada's best psychological study. Comedian Renato Rascel plays a nebbishy nobody who spends his life-savings on a fancy overcoat. Suddenly, the nobody becomes a somebody, proving beyond doubt that clothes make the man. And then one day, the overcoat is stolen...Fleshing out the short-but-bittersweet Gogol original are several colorful new characters, including a publicity-hungry small-town mayor, played by Giulio Stival. The background music was composed by director Lattuada's wife Felice. American prints of IL CAPPATO are missing a so-called naughty telephone exchange between the mayor and his silken mistress.
Raro Video, the American branch of Italy's most prestigious home-video company, has just released the Lattuada film, Il Cappotto, in a finely restored edition, and it is a small marvel. --The New York Times
A 1952 Italian adaptation of a Russian short story, this is one for the books for the real film fan that has otherwise exhausted all the real film cognoscenti avenues and thought there was no more rocks to be looked under. --Film Monthly
Overall, this is just one of the best Italian films Ive ever seen and I m glad that a company like Raro Video has given it this prestigious treatment. Sure, The Overcoat is a sad film, but one with a lot of heart and great moments that no one should dare miss. Highly Recommended! --Film Monthly