Il Bidone (The Swindle) (The Swindlers)
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Il Bidone (The Swindle) (The Swindlers)
Swindle and The Swindlers are both English-language titles for 1955's Il Bidone, a lesser-known effort from Federico Fellini. Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, and Franco Fabrizi play a trio of con artists who victimize the Italian bourgeoisie (who are shown to be no better than the crooks). Giueletta Masina (Fellini's wife), who had previously costarred with Richard Basehart in La Strada, here plays Basehart's wife. Humphrey Bogart had been intended for the role played by Broderick Crawford; one wonders how Crawford's self-deprecating curtain speech about the hollowness of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An obvious cheap-crime picture, very much on the sentimental side, and therefore thematically inferior to the two films it fell between. But it contains some very strong Fellini phases and accumulations of moods that make it well worth seeing."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A very dark vision that isn't always pleasant to look at but is nonetheless fascinating."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The most obscure film of the highly visible Federico Fellini."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's an unforgettable treasure."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The progression from comedy to tragedy signals Fellini's most religious work"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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