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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good Fellini, no more no less, 24 Dec 2013
This review is from: Il Bidone [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format [Blu-ray & DVD] (Blu-ray)
I have doubted to give it 3 stars however there were a few scenes in this movie which resulted in lifting my rating upto 4 stars seen 4 stars means on Amazon " i like it " while 3 only means " it is OK". It is in fact a very good Fellini but it does not crawl under your skin like La Strada did. Nevertheless Giuletta Masina and Richard Basehart return in this movie as a couple while in La Strade they were just friends. Their performances in Il Bidone are not that strong as in La Strada though. The real headrole is for Broderick Crawford who plays the oldest of three swindlers ( Richard Basehart plays a swindler ). They lie and cheat and rip off money of naïve and poor people and get away with it for a long while until Augusto ( Broderick Crawford ) gets caught by the police just at the moment he tries to spend some quality time with his daughter. The first - and the second meeting with his daughter and a weeping Picasso ( Richard Basehart is called like that because he paints ) who is afraid of loosing his wife and child are the most beautiful scenes in this lesser catchy Fellini. The original trailer which is involved speaks of a masterpiece off course but it sure isn't. Nevertheless a beautiful reissue by MoC and as usual foreseen with a nice booklet. A worthwile purchase for every Fellini fan.
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