The Swindler (Il Bidone)

  • Dir: Federico Fellini

  • Italy, France, 1955, Italian, 113 min

  • 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.

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

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4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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