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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1994 - 30 July.6 August

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 1994

After an accident Gaetano, an old hackney driver, is sent into retirement and his horse, Nestore, faces the prospect of finishing up as catfood. But Nestore refuses to enter the slaughterhouse and Gaetano decides to run off with him to try to find him a new home, enlisting the help of his grandson, Ferruccio.

Original Title Nestore l'ultima corsa
Italian Title Nestore l'ultima corsa
Category Out of competition
Section Special Events
Tipology Feature Film, Special Event
Duration 105'
Production Year 1994
Nationality Italy
Directed by Alberto Sordi
Screenplay Alberto Sordi, Rodolfo Sonego
Music Piero Piccioni
Main cast Alberto Sordi, Matteo Ripaldi, Cinzia Cannarozzo

 regista AlbertoSordiALBERTO SORDI

One of Italy's most captivating and talented cinematic comedy stars, Italian veteran Alberto Sordi was known for satirizing his country's social mores in pungent black comedies, farcical tales and grim drama. He, along with peers Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi and Nino Manfredi, arguably represent the finest of post-war Italian cinema history. Born in Rome on June 15, 1920 in the Trastevere district, Sordi grew up in a musical family, his father being a tuba player for the Rome Opera House. A choir boy at the Sistine Chapel, he later trained for the theater in Milan but returned to Rome to work in radio and musical halls in comedy shows. In the late 30s he found his way into film as an extra. His first important role was in The Three Pilots (1942), a fascist war picture, but he wouldn't hit international stardom until a decade later when he starred in Federico Fellini's early films The White Sheik (1952) and I Vitelloni (1953). The titles of some of his most prolific characters were as simple as their titles: The Seducer, The Bachelor, The Husband, The Widower, The Traffic Cop, and The Moralist. Most of his protagonists amusingly, but not always pleasantly, stereotyped the worst attributes of Italian men and society, yet many of his films are unparalleled in quality and considered masterpieces. Sordi went on to star, direct and co-write more than 150 films. Never married and rather an introvert, he enjoyed a quiet, reclusive personal life.