Never before released in the United States! Enjoy a digital restoration of the 1963 comedy Il Boom, by filmmaker Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves). Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a mid-level Italian executive during the economic boom following World War II, goes to absurd lengths to maintain his wife Silvia’s (Gianna Maria Canale) standard of living. Giovanni is faced with an eye-popping dilemma when Signora Bausetti (Elena Nicolai), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, makes an offer that would wipe out all of Giovanni’s debts.
• “A bittersweet satire of the wife-swapping, twist-dancing, get-rich-quick lifestyle.” —Sight and Sound
• “Critic’s pick! Among the most savage and surreal of Italian comedies . . . Vibrant, funny, and disturbing.” —Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice