Il Ferroviere


Time Out says

The director himself plays a boozy, autocratic engine driver who severs relations with his daughter over her love life and chases away his elder son, who's immersed in the usual teenage troubles. A suicide dies under his train, his drinking increases. He refuses to join a strike and is ostracised. Eight-year-old Sandrino, a chubby charmer, hovers on the periphery, half-understanding, but more concerned with not letting dad see his poor school reports. It all ends in a warm Dickensian bath of Christmas Eve reconciliation. The blend of sharp observation and slick sentimentality is characteristic of the neo-realist cycle, of which this is a late, quite entertaining example.


Release details

116 mins

Cast and crew

Pietro Germi
Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti, Luciano Vincenzoni, Ennio De Concini, Carlo Musso
Pietro Germi
Luisa Della Noce
Sylva Koscina
Edoardo Nevola
Saro Urzi
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