The Overcoat

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  • 1952
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 7.6  (684)

The Overcoat is a 1952 Italian film directed by Alberto Lattuada, based on Nikolai Gogol's short story of the same name. The film stars Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, and Giulio Stival. The story follows Carmine De Carmine (Rascel), a lowly office clerk who works at a government agency in Naples. Carmine is a meek and downtrodden man, who is mocked by his colleagues and pushed around by his superiors. He dreams of a better life, and longs for the respect of his coworkers and the love of his beautiful neighbor (Sanson). However, his life takes a turn for the worse when his old overcoat is stolen, leaving him exposed to the harsh winter weather.

Desperate to replace his overcoat, Carmine scrimps and saves until he has enough money to buy a new one. However, when his new coat is stolen just days after he purchases it, he is plunged into despair. He becomes obsessed with the idea of retrieving his coat, and embarks on a quest that leads him through the dark underworld of Naples.

Along the way, Carmine meets a motley crew of characters, including a hustler (Stival) who tries to scam him out of his money, and a group of homeless men who take pity on him and offer him shelter. Through his adventures, Carmine begins to see the world in a new light, and discovers his own strength and resilience.

The Overcoat is a classic tale of poverty, desperation, and the human spirit. It captures the bleakness of life for the working poor, while also exploring the themes of hope, redemption, and the power of self-determination. The film is beautifully shot, with moody black and white cinematography that captures the gritty beauty of Naples.

The performances are top-notch, with Rascel delivering a nuanced and understated portrayal of Carmine. He imbues the character with a quiet dignity and an unshakeable will, even as he faces adversity after adversity. Sanson is also excellent as Carmine's love interest, bringing a warmth and humanity to the role that balances out the film's darker moments.

Overall, The Overcoat is a must-see film for fans of Italian cinema, or anyone interested in the human experience. It is a timeless tale that continues to resonate today, over half a century after its initial release. Whether you're a fan of Gogol's original story or have never heard of it before, The Overcoat is a film that is sure to touch your heart and leave a lasting impression.

The Overcoat is a 1952 fantasy movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

The Overcoat
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    1 hr 47 min
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    7.6  (684)