Don Camillo was impersonated by Fernandel, stage name of Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin (Marseille, May 8, 1903 - Paris, February 26, 1971), while Giuseppe Bottazzi (Peppone), by Gino Cervi, stage name of Luigi Cervi (Bologna, May 3, 1901 - Castiglione della Pescaia, January 3, 1974).
"Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone", released in 1955, is the third episode in the saga starring Fernandel and Gino Cervi; the first was directed by Carmine Gallone (who will also direct the fourth), while the previous two had been directed by Julien Duvivier.
The video presents the final, moving scene of the film, where Peppone is forced to choose whether to start a career as a deputy in Rome or stay in his village as a mayor, and only at the end will make his decision, after the poignant words of his friend-enemy Don Camillo.
A scene full of poetry, of other times maybe when mutual respect was the foundation of everything. It's in black and white, but it's easy to imagine to a blue sky, fresh spring air... a true masterpiece of Italian cinema, with actors capable of transmitting the genuine cheerfulness of times where the true values of life were still the most cherished ideals.