THE OVERCOAT

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THE OVERCOAT

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Alberto Lattuada

1952  107 minutes  1.33:1  Italy

Editions: DVD

Based on the Nikolai Gogol story but set in modern-day Italy (1952), The Overcoat is the story of a poor city hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose only desire is to buy a new overcoat. The town Mayor (Giulio Stival) is planning a reception for some visiting VIPs in honor of a new, wasteful piece of construction.

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Synopsis

Based on the Nikolai Gogol story but set in modern-day Italy (1952), The Overcoat is the story of a poor city hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose only desire is to buy a new overcoat. The town Mayor (Giulio Stival) is planning a reception for some visiting VIPs in honor of a new, wasteful piece of construction. The clerk bungles an assignment for the reception and is fired. But when he stumbles into a bribery scheme concerning the architects, in order to keep him quiet, he’s given his job back plus a bonus. He buys his long-cherished overcoat, which makes him so presentable he wins a new found respect from everybody. In a tragic twist, his coat is stolen and, exposed to the bitter elements, he contracts a severe fever from which he eventually dies. But death is accompanied by retribution; returning as a ghost the clerk wreaks havoc on the Mayor’s reception.

Reviews 

Overall, this is just one of the best Italian film’s I’ve ever seen and I’m glad that a company like Raro Video has given it this prestigious treatment. Sure, The Overcoat is a sad film, but one with a lot of heart and great moments that no one should dare miss. Highly Recommended!
— FilmMonthly
Raro Video, the American branch of Italy’s most prestigious home-video company, has just released the Lattuada film, “Il Cappotto,” in a finely restored edition, and it is a small marvel.
— The New York Times

Cast and Credits

Director
Alberto Lattuada

Writer
Alberto Lattuada, Giorgio Prosperi,
Giordano Corsi – from the story “The Overcoat” by Nokolai Gogol


Producer
Antonio Ansaldo-Patti, Enzo Curreli

Cast
Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, Giulio Stival, Ettore Mattia, Giulio CalìSandra MiloSimone Signoret

Cinematography
Mario Montuori

Editing
Eraldo Da Roma

Music
Felice Lattuada

Special Features

Audio commentary by Flavio de Bernardinis (Professor of film and film criticism at the University La Sapienza of Rome)
Interview with Angelo Pasquini (screenwriter and director)
Cut scenes / New and improved English subtitles
New digital restoration in collaboration with The Turin National Film Museum
New transfer from original 35mm negative
Fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis

Production: Italy – 1952
Running time: 107 minutes, black and white
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

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