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The King of the Laughter

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Italian cinema Special


Sunday, 10 April 2022 | 15:30 La Maison du Cinéma

                                    Poster of The King of the Laughter

Italian cinema Special

In collaboration with Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal


Best Film – Golden Ciak Awards – 2021
Best Dressmaker – Venice Film Festival – 2021
Best Actor – Venice Film Festival – 2021

With Toni Servillo, Maria Nazionale, Cristiana Dell’Anna

At the beginning of the twentieth century, in the Naples of the Belle Époque, theaters and cinemas are on the rise. The great comedian Eduardo Scarpetta is the box-office king. Success made him a very rich man: from his humble origins, he established himself on the scene with his comedies and the mask and character of Felice Sciosciammocca, who managed to replace Pulcinella in the hearts of the Neapolitan audiences. The theater is his life, and his complex family core gravitates around the theater, with wives, companions, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children including Titina, Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo. At the height of his success, Scarpetta allows himself what will prove to be a dangerous gamble. He decides to parody the play The Daughter of Iorio, a tragedy by the greatest Italian poet of the time, Gabriele D’Annunzio. On opening night, all hell breaks loose: the play is interrupted by screams, whistles and insults from the poets and playwrights of the new generation who cry out scandal, and Scarpetta ends up being sued for plagiarism by D’Annunzio himself. And so, the first historic copyright lawsuit in Italy begins. The years of the trial will be exhausting for him and his whole family, so much so that the delicate balance that held it together seems on the verge of dissolving. Everything in Scarpetta’s life seems to be going in pieces, but with a great actor’s performance he’ll manage to challenge a fate that wanted him a loser, and he’ll win his last game.


Mario Martone


Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo










Italian, subtitled in English


Film Movement
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