Miseria e nobiltà

by Mario Mattoli


Italy - April 8, 1954 - Miseria e nobiltà - 96'
West Germany - May 24, 1968
- Die verkaufte Unschuld - 94'
France (Paris) - June 27, 1979 - Toto, misère et noblesse - 96'

German poster Italian poster Italian poster


Young Radames is met by a triumphant reception following his victory over the Ethiopians. His victory allows him to obtain Aida’s freedom from Pharaoh, and also that of her father. Aida is a beautiful slave girl whom Radames is in love with, while her father, Amonasro, is actually the king of the Ethiopians. Forced to do so by her father, Aida persuades Radames to reveal the secret of the Egyptian army’s future strategy. Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris, who is secretly in love with Radames, intervenes and through her Radames discovers the set-up and gives himself up, admitting his betrayal. He is condemned to being buried alive; Aida conceals herself in the tomb and dies with him. (Enrico Lancia)
Story from the opera of the same name by Giuseppe Verdi based on the libretto of Antonio Ghislanzoni.


Ponti-De Laurentiis Studios, Rome (Italy)

Filming dates: 1953


Totó (Felice Sciosciammocca)
Sophia Loren (Gemma)
Enzo Turco (don Pasquale, photographer)
Dolores Palumbo (Luisella)
Liana Billi (Concetta)


Photography (Ferraniacolor):
Karl Strauss, Luciano Trasatti
Pippo Barzizza
Costumes Design:
Margherita Ferroni
Makeup Artist:
Giuliano Laurenti
Hair Stylist:
Elda Magnanti
Still photographer:
Sergio Strizzi
Ponti - De Laurentiis for Excelsa / Rosa Films (Rome)


Sophia has a small role again with Totò, the inimitable Italian comic. This is in fact the fifth and last film in which they appear, together or not. Sophia was an extra in Tototarzan and Le sei mogli di Barbablù and also starred in L'oro di Napoli but in a different sketch than Totò. The two true collaborations of Totò and Sophia are Miseria e nobiltà and Tempi nostril, which was filmed just a few months prior to this one.

Miseria e nobilt`- which is a remake of a 1941 film directed by Corrado d'Errico - proves to be a great success with the public, taking in proceeds of over $ 800,000 for Excelsa Films.
The film is directed by Mario Mattoli who also directed Sophia in Due notti con Cleopatra.


"Toto improvises an extraordinary duet with his future 'niece', a radiant Sophia: taking advantage of the situation he indulges in embraces and effusions which are a masterpiece of humor... The great success of Poverty and Nobility did not help Sophia in any particular way. It was just a confirmation of her popularity."
Stefano Masi, Sophia.

"Sophia Loren and Franca Faldini are satisfied just to appear provocative."
Arturo Lanocity, Il Corriere della Sera, 29 apr 1954

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© Excelsior Communication - 2007

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