The Boom (Il boom)
The Boom (Il boom) (1963)

Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a mid-level executive during the economic boom following World War II, goes to absurd lengths to maintain his wife Silvia's (Gianna Maria Canale) standard of living. When Signora Bausetti (Elena… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] snappy Italian satire, somewhat reminiscent of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

Vibrant, funny, and disturbing.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch, with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist "Il Boom" manages to walk.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Sordi's character, a middle-class middle manager struggling in vain to keep up with Italy's consumer-happy prosperity in the mid-1960s, finds himself in a familiar pickle.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

Written by Cesare Zavattini, who did the screenplays for many of De Sica's best-known works, the movie skewers the mendacity inherent in the postwar economic resurgence in his country.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

This ostensible farce might be a surprise, but the tragic undercurrent that pervades the storyline fits well into [De Sica]'s longstanding left-wing sociopolitical concerns.

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