A joyful and highly entertaining romantic comedy, a spin-off from the hugely successful Pane, amore e… series
A rural setting, great performances, a pinch of sensuality and some classic Neapolitan songs
Back then the term did not exist, but Tuppe tuppe marescià is a spin-off of the triumphal Pane, amore e… series. Our focus here is on Marshal Stelluti, who played a somewhat background role in the previous films and appeared destined to live happily ever after with the beautiful “Bersagliera”, played by Gina Lollobrigida. Instead we find him all alone, abandoned and in need of fresh romantic adventures. With his comic turns, Peppino De Filippo, playing the emigrant who returns home a rich man, stands head and shoulders above everyone else. While Giovanna Ralli, the provocative barmaid, brings a lively dash of sensuality to the film. The rural setting, wonderful performances, strong screenplay and excellent direction, all add up to give us a joyful and highly entertaining film. The film’s title was inspired by a very popular contemporary song, which is performed in the film along with a number of other Neapolitan classics.
Sagliena, a village in Central Italy. Marshal Stelluti, who has been humiliatingly dumped by “Bersagliera”, now fancies barmaid Maria, but is too shy to make the first move. The same can’t be said for Percuoco, who has returned home from France a rich man. Without much preamble, he asks Maria for her hand in marriage, but she rejects him. To gain revenge, Percuoco goes into competition with Maria: he opens a bar next to hers and hires Carmelina, who with her provocative personality has no trouble in stealing customers. In the end, the marshal will find love.