Fumo di Londra

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Fumo di Londra
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Directed by Alberto Sordi
Written by Alberto Sordi
Sergio Amidei
Produced by Giorgio Bianchi
Starring Alberto Sordi
CinematographyBenito Frattari
Edited byAntonietta Zita
Music by Piero Piccioni
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Running time
131 min
United Kingdom

Fumo di Londra (Thank You Very Much) (internationally released as Smoke Over London and Gray Flannels) is a 1966 Italian comedy film written, directed and starred by Alberto Sordi. For his performance Sordi won the David di Donatello for Best Actor. [1]



Dante Fontana is an antique dealer from Perugia infatuated with the culture of the British upper classes. His wife and relatives mock him and snub him, seeing him as a silly daydreamer doing no serious work. Unfussed, Dante plans a vacation to London to learn more about the culture he so admires. However, once in London, he struggles to fit in, is awkward, often makes mistakes betraying his Italian origins, attracting the scorn of the British upper classes he would like to impress. After taking part in fox hunting, Dante is invited to the house of an English aristocrat and showed a supposedly ancient Etruscan statuette. Dante says the object is fake and breaks it, provoking the angry reaction of the English who open fire on him. Terrified, Dante hides with a group of hippies and joining them in a demonstration. Arrested, Dante is sent back to Italy where he resumes his monotonous routine.

Belvoir Castle was the location (as country-house of the Duchess of Bradford).


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  1. Enrico Lancia (1998). I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN   8877422211.