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The King of Laughter
Museum of Photographic Arts
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
7:00 pm
$16.00
$12 SDIFF Members | $7 Students
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Credits

Year
2021
DIRECTED BY
Mario Martone
Screenplay
Marco Pettenello, Gianni Di Gregorio
Editing
Jacopo Quadri
Cinematography
Renato Berta
Music
Sergio Bruni
Cast
Toni Servillo, Maria Nazionale, Cristiana Dell’Anna, Antonia Truppo, Eduardo Scarpetta, Paolo Pierobon, Lino Musella, Roberto De Francesco, Giovanni Mauriello, Chiara Baffi, Roberto Caccioppoli, Lucrezia Guidone, Elena Ghiaurov, Gigio Morra, Gianfelice Imparato, Iaia Forte
Producer
Production
Indigo Film, Tornasol, Rai Cinema
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Review

Naples, 1904: Italian theatre is thriving, and comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta is the box office king. Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta’s home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family. At the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy. Despite legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great performers of Italian theater. The King of Laughter is an extraordinary movie by film and theater director Mario Martone, featuring Italian star Toni Servillo.

In Italian and Neapolitan with English subtitles.

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