The Swindler

  • Dir: Federico Fellini

  • Italy, 1955, 113 minmins

  • Cast: Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina

A trio of conmen pose as priests and civil servants to swindle ignorant poor farmers out of their savings. What begins as comedy turns sour and tragic, as the aging leader receives his comeuppance on a stony hillside, for his deceptive sympathy to a peasant’s crippled daughter. Made between La Strada and Nights of Cabiria , this noir-like film may lack the flamboyance, yet is quietly heartrending with its empathy and stripped-down depiction of social outcasts. Fellini bid farewell to neorealism, as he strode ahead into his fantastical dreamland.

Venice Film Festival: In Competition

Federico Fellini 100 is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni from Luce Cinecittà. All films (unless noted) have been digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cine teca Nazionale.


In-theatre Screening


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