Il Bidone (1955)

FEDERICO FELLINI

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Italy/France, 1955.  Titanus, Société Générale de Cinématographie.  Screenplay by Federico Fellini, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Dario Cecchi.  Film Editing by , .  

Broderick Crawford plays the lead member of a gang of con artists who go around the country dressed up as priests, swindling poor citizens in rural Italy. Fellini never shirked from making decisive criticisms of the Catholic church, and here it’s in full throttle as we see people being robbed blind thanks to their devotion to a religion that is supposed to take care of them. His observations on the subject, however, were made to better effect (and much more subtly) in other films (particularly Nights of Cabiria).  and also appear.

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