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Il Boom

 

88 minutes · 1963

Comedy
This snappy Italian satire (1963), somewhat reminiscent of Billy Wilder's The Apartment, lampoons the rampant consumerism that accompanied the country's economic boom in the late 50s and early 60s. A high-living businessman (the energetic Alberto Sordi), desperate to pay his debts, secures a private business meeting with the dowager wife (Elena Nicolai) of a rich manufacturer, fearing that she wants only his organ. He's right, but it's not the organ he suspected: at their meeting she offers him a handsome sum for his left eye, to be used in a cornea transplant for her husband. Vittorio De Sica directed, more than a decade removed from his heartfelt neorealist classics The Bicycle Thief and Umberto D. In Italian with subtitles.

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