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Er Più: Storia d'Amore e di Coltello
Grosser lass die Fetzen fliegen

Italy 1971
produced by
Salvatore Argento for Clan Celentano, Seda Spettacoli, Mondial Televisione Film
directed by Sergio Corbucci
starring Adriano Celentano, Claudia Mori, Vittorio Caprioli, Romolo Valli, Gianni Macchia, Maurizio Arena, Fiorenzo Fiorentini, Ninetto Davoli, Gino Santercole, Gino Pernice, Anita Durante, Alessandra Cardini, Ernesto Colli, Benito Stefanelli, Mimmo Poli, Enzo Maggio, Pasquale Pontier, Adler Gray, Palmira Zaccardi, Fabio Barriba, Savina Blasi, Roberto Alessandri, Tonino Guerra
written by Mario Amendola, Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci, music by Carlo Rustichelli

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Rome, circa 1900: Fish monger Nino (Adriano Celentano) has just been released from prison, where he spent a year because of a knife fight, and once he's out he wants to have his revenge on Augustorello, the guy who saw to it that he got arrested in the first place - simply because he's after Nino's fiancée Rosa (Claudia Mori).

However, once Nino has publicly humiliated Augustorello, he's prepared to forget the whole thing ... but a) Augustorello can't forget Rosa, and b) Augustorello's brothers, butchers as opposed to fish monger Nino, won't let their brother lose face and so they challenge Nino and his friends to a stonethrowing duel, in which they are defeated though.

Still, Augustorello tries everything to win Rosa's heart even though she's not interested, and eventually, he almost forces Nino to humiliate him some more, this time in a drinking game. This leaves Augustorello so enraged that he tries to stab Nino right then and there, and even critically wounds him, but when he tries to make his getaway, he falls into his own knife and dies.

Augustorello's brothers now see to it that Nino is brought back to health, but not out of a bad conscience but because they want to restore their brother's honour, who they think was killed by Nino. Finally, when nino is his old self again, Bartolomo, the eldest of Augustorello's brothers, sets a date for a knife duel, just one week prior to Nino's wedding to Rosa - and Rosa tries everything to keep Nino from keeping the date, including seducing him even if that means he could no longer marry her - and when that doesn't work she even turns to the neighbourhood's treacherous pawnbroker the Chinaman - but is shocked when he asks for a blowjob in return for his services.

Nino and Bartolomo soon engage in mortal combat, only to be stopped just before they kill one another by the local inspector (Romolo Valli), who has conclusive proof that Augustorello did actually fall in his own knife and Nino had nothing to do with it. Nino and Bartolomo and his brothers reconcile on the spot.

Back with Rosa, Nino learns what the Chinaman asked of her and publicly humiliates him.

A week later, at Nino's and Rosa's wedding, the Chinaman suddenly pulls a gun and ...


While being a far cry from director Sergio Corbucci's masterpieces like Django and The Great Silence, Er Più: Storia d'Amore e di Coltello is still a decent directorial effort, with some great period sets and costumes, that give the film an unusually lavish look considering it's just a comedy. The weak points of the film are the script, which is often episodic and seems to lose its direction every now and again, and some of the comedy involved, which often comes across as simply childish (as is often the case with Italian comedies). On the plus side, Adriano Celentano, actually a singer first and an actor and comedian only second, manages to easily carry the film on his shoulders, and what he lacks in acting he makes up by his rugged charisma, his natural talent for comedy, and quite simply the fact that he doesn't try too hard to be funny (and is all the funnier because of it.

All that said, the film is certainly nothing great, but it's watchable all the same.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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