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Il Bidone (The Swindle) (1955)
Starring: Richard Basehart, Broderick Crawford, Franco Fabrizi, Giulietta Masina
Director: Federico Fellini
Category: Foreign, Drama
Studio: Image Ent.
91 mins



   SynopsisIn Fellini's sardonically humorous, yet powerfully dramatic Il Bidone three small-time crooks impersonate priests in Rome to con poor people out of their money.Academy Award-winner Broderick Crawford is extraordinary as the group's world-weary leader whose chance meeting with his daughter opens his eyes to his wrongdoing.Too late, he suffers a crisis of conscience in this absorbing tale of hope, desperation and, finally, redemption.

One of Fellini's most realistic films, Il Bidone begins as an Italian comedy of errors, its swindles reminiscent of The Sting, yet there is true sting in its harsh portrayal of greed and squalor.The middle chapter in Fellini's "trilogy of loneliness" between La Strada and Nights Of Cabiria, this classic film will tug at your heart and astonish you with its aching sense of compassion.