quarta-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2023

The Scopone Game ( Lo scopone scientifico) - 1972

Bette Davis plays a wealthy American with an addiction to card playing and to winning. She has become an expert on the local card games of different countries around the world where she owns houses. Bound to a wheelchair, the card games are her only close connection with the world of the living. In Rome, the card game is called "scopone" and she summons a married couple to be her adversaries. 

The couple, a magnificent Alberto Sordi and an unrecognizable Silvana Mangano, are the poorest of the poor, with a family of five children.


Luigi Comencini


Dino de Laurentiis


Piero Piccioni


Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Joseph Cotten, Domenico Modugno.

Alberto Sordi refused to communicate with Bette Davis in English on the set and made her very angry. Of her co-star she said, "My name for Albert Sordi was Albert Sordid. It was unforgivable of him to refuse to speak English with me, especially as he spoke very good English."

Bette Davis was in the middle of a three-week vacation at the health spa La Costa in Carlsbad, California when she received the script. On twenty-four-hour notice she flew to Rome for filming. It wasn't until the first day of shooting she learned the dialogue was to be recorded in Italian.

The card game in the film is called Scopa. Scopa is an Italian noun meaning "broom" since taking a scopa means "to sweep" all the cards from the table. Scopa is an Italian card game and one of the two major national card games in Italy. It is also popular in Brazil, brought in by Italian immigrants, mostly in the Scopa di Quindici variation. Scopa is also played in countries like Libya and Somalia. It is played with a standard Italian 40-card deck, mostly between two players or four in two partnerships, but it can also be played by 3, 5, or 6 players.

English Subtitles.

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