Il Bidone

Il Bidone

DVD (Italian Import)

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Swindle and The Swindlers are both English-language titles for 1955's Il Bidone, a lesser-known effort from Federico Fellini. Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, and Franco Fabrizi play a trio of con artists who victimize the Italian bourgeoisie (who are shown to be no better than the crooks). Giueletta Masina (Fellini's wife), who had previously costarred with Richard Basehart in La Strada, here plays Basehart's wife. Humphrey Bogart had been intended for the role played by Broderick Crawford; one wonders how Crawford's self-deprecating curtain speech about the hollowness of his existence would have played in Bogart's hands. Swindle was not released to the US until nine years after its completion.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/04/2005
UPC: 8057092211106
Original Release: 1955
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 74,718

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Broderick Crawford Augusto
Richard Basehart Picasso
Franco Fabrizi Roberto
Giulietta Masina Iris
Sue Ellen Blake Anna
Giacomo Gabrielli Vargas
Ettore Bevilaqua Swindled Man
Alberto de Amicis Rinaldo
Lorella de Luca Pattizia
Mario Passante Actor
Mara Werlen Maggie
Maria Zanoli Stella Florina
Irene Cefaro Marisa
Xenia Valderi Luciana

Technical Credits
Federico Fellini Director,Screenwriter
Dario Cecchi Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Mario Derecchi Producer
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Otello Martelli Cinematographer
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
Nino Rota Score Composer
Mario Serandrei Editor
Giuseppe Vari Editor

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