Franco and Ciccio bring their timeless comedy to the neighbourhood feuds of the early 20th century, singing in Roman dialect with Lando Fiorini
Half apocryphal sequel, half parody of Er Più starring Adriano Celentano, and for many it’s better than the original
Half apocryphal sequel, half parody of Er Più: Storia d’amore e di coltello, where Adriano Celentano played the popular darling of the Roman underworld. In the hands of Franco and Ciccio, the violent feuds and bloody love stories of the early 20th century become a lively farce of misunderstandings. Franco, just like his predecessor played by Celentano and framed on the wall of adoring relatives, is a “man of the blade”: in the sense that he is a knife sharpener from Cefalù. He finds himself unwittingly inheriting the crown of “the boss” of the neighbourhood after moving to Rome. When told “You are the shark”, he answers: “I’m not even a cod”. In a twist straight out of fantasy cinema, when Franco puts on the bowler hat of the deceased boss, his congenital cowardice disappears and he becomes the superhero of the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, the hat’s magic isn’t overly reliable. Many consider this version to trump that of Celentano. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to hear Franco and Ciccio sing in Roman dialect, alongside that great singer-songwriter Lando Fiorini.
Franco, a knife sharpener from Cefalù moves to Rome and unwittingly finds himself replacing the legendary Er Più, “the boss” of the neighbourhood, who has been killed by the Chinese. Too bad that he is a complete coward. His predecessor’s magical headdress permits him to play the hard man for a while, but the good times won’t last for long. Franco is forced to remorselessly run away, leaving the neighbourhood unprotected.