Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone, final scene
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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 also directed the fourth), while the previous two had been directed by Julien Duvivier.
The video shows 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.
- Cosa fate qui? Cosa volete?
- What are you doing here? What do you want?
- Hai perduto tua moglie, che ti ha votato contro!
- You have lost your wife, who voted against you!
- Ma se lo sai che non torni più, e che non posso neanche dirti: "Arrivederci, Peppone!" ma soltanto "Addio, onorevole!"
- But if you know you will not come back, and I cannot even say, "See you, Peppone" but only "Farewell, Mr Congressman!"
- Eccolo! Mi ha chiamato Lei, signor Deputato?
- Here it is! Did you call me, Mr. Congressman?
- Ahh, bene! Andiamo!
- Ahh, good! Let's go!
- No, no, riprendetevele pure tutte queste cinquemila lire, galantuomo!
- No, no, take them back, all of them, these five thousand lire, gentleman!