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The Overcoat (IL Cappotto) (1952)

Giulio Stival , Yvone Sanson , Alberto Lattuada  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Giulio Stival, Yvone Sanson, Renato Rascel
  • Directors: Alberto Lattuada
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beg to differ, per favore February 10, 2014
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Folks familiar with mid-century, post-war era Italian cinema will recognize the flavor of this film and, i believe, be delighted by the
simplicity and succinct way Lattuada wraps up the Gogol in a new cloak. Some of the music cues are also fantastic and virtuosic.
Though not supposed to be of any specific time nor place, this work oozes the Italianate sensibility that Fellini fans might already be quite familiar with. Highly recommended…heaps of stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Coat, a coat. My kingdom for a coat. October 7, 2014
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This is such a great film. This copy met all of my expectations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It sure isn't "Mafioso" September 9, 2013
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From the reviews of The Overcoat, I had anticipated a brilliant, sardonic comedy like Lattuada's amazing Mafioso. No such luck. The Overcoat is a rambling shaggy dog story in search of a workable tone. The only consolation is that this film was made a decade before Mafioso. Lattuada wasn't a kid in 1952, but he clearly hadn't gotten his act together yet.
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