This extraordinary fairy-tale couldn't be further from a film like The Mattei Affair but it's none the less informed by the same intelligence that Rosi brings to his directly political work. It deals with all its whimsical elements (from Loren to a flying monk) in a wholly non-whimsical way, introduces a strongish undertone of class-consciousness into its comedy, and pushes its plot recklessly into the bizarre.
Cast and crew
Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Francesco Rosi
Sophia Loren Omar Sharif Dolores Del Rio Georges Wilson Leslie French Carlo Pisacane