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455 Ratings

Il bidone

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, France, 1955
Comedy, Drama


Augusto (Academy Award winner Broderick Crawford, in a role originally intended for an ailing Humphrey Bogart) is part of a trio of swindlers preying on poor peasants in the Italian countryside. Soon, he suffers a crisis of conscience in this humorous, heartbreaking portrait.

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Il bidone Directed by Federico Fellini

Critics reviews

Crawford’s heavy American bulk is used very amusingly to bounce gesticulating locals off of, yet when he brags about selling ice to Eskimos or looks at his estranged daughter (Sue Ellen Blake), this mug outclasses Quinn’s Zampanò in La Strada. Despite the link established between hustlers and priests, however, the progression from comedy to tragedy signals Fellini’s most religious work.
September 25, 2010
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A poignant and heartbreaking portrait of an aging man’s redemption from a life of crime and deception… Il Bidone is a haunting examination of a misguided existence, a profoundly moving testament of the innate goodness of the human soul.
January 01, 2000
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Apart from the flawed climax, many of the scenes are recklessly over-loaded. The boredom of the successful crook’s mistress, though merely a narrative ‘aside’, is investigated no less thoroughly than Augusto’s reaction to his former associate’s prosperity, which occurs in the same scene and bears directly on the film’s core.
January 01, 1956
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