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The Story Behind A Poet of Cinema: Julien Duvivier

A Film and Its Era: The Little World of Don Camillo, by Julien Duvivier (Il était une fois… Le petit monde de Don Camillo, 2010)

Director: Hubert Niogret
Cast: Julien Duvivier, Fernandel, Franco Interlenghi, Gino Cervi
Genre: Documentary


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Julien Duvivier shot The Little World of Don Camillo in 1952. Just after WWII, in an Italian village in Emilia-Romagna, priest Don Camillo and communist mayor Peppone fight for their constituents’ support. Don Camillo and Peppone represent the two faces of Italy in the late ‘40s, split into two main blocks of Catholics against. Communists. Their dramatic yet humorous interactions merely reflect the postwar tensions of reconstruction and the beginnings of the Cold War. The film was released at a time when Italy was undergoing tremendous economic recovery.

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