It's Spring

 

  

Year: 1950

 

Duration: 92 mins

 

Color : Black and white

 

GenderComedy

 

Director: Renato Castellani

 

SubjectSuso Cecchi D'Amico, Cesare Zavattini, Renato Castellani

 

Producer: Andrea by Robilant

 

Producer: Giorgio Adriani

 

Photograph: Tino Santoni

 

 

Performers and characters 

 

Mario Angelottias Beppe Agosti

 

Elena Varzi: Mary Antonia

 

Irene Genna as Lucia

 

DonDonati: Horseback

 

Ettore JanettiLawyer Di Salvo

 

Eligible GraceLady of Salvo

 

Gianni Santias Albertino Di Salvo

 

Tanino Chiurazzias The Boy

 

Cesare RanucciThe President

 

Ernesto Gaioneas Lawyer Rossi

 

Jordan Gaggioli: The Baker

 

Ugo Gigliarellias The Chaplain

 

Jordan Gaggioli: Lawyer Rossi

 

Renato BaldiniA carabinieri at the trial

 

Adaia GianniniThe Concierage

 

 

Plot

 

Beppe Agosti, Florentine, baker and goldsmith, likes girls in particular the servants, for his sharp way of doing and for his cheerfulness. Recalled to arms he is sent to Catania and befriends Cavalluccio, a Sicilian comrade, and makes him appear at the engagement with Maria Antonia. Cavalluccio, due to a serious disciplinary lack, is put in prison and transferred. Maria Antonia is sad and Beppe knows how to console her so the two fall in love and then get married. He too is transferred to Milan, where he feels alone and ends up marrying the new conquest Lucia. But Maria Antonia learns that Beppe's class has been discharged and becomes suspicious, so she runs to Milan where, she discovers everything, she tries to kill her rival, but the knife falls out of her hand. All this is followed by the judicial events with the logical solution that the second marriage is invalid. Beppe and Maria Antonia, happy, return to Catania.

 

Criticism

 

Castellani stated that this film was not to do with the war and the post-war period, much less with political and social problems.

 

"I intend to make a film that entertains the audience and that also enjoys me while I ride"

 

Notes

 

The film is completely shot with non-professional actors. Only Irene Genna (Ines) had already appeared in cinema and so Renato Baldini (a carabiniere). Elena Varzi made her film debut as Maria Antonia.