30 Oct

Verdone’s construction of humor in the three protagonists of Bianco, Rosso e Verdone, di Caroline Travalia


In the early 1980’s Carlo Verdone picks up where Commedia all’Italiana directors like Monicelli and Risi left off, continuing the tradition of satirizing the struggles faced by Italians and the vices they share that turn them into their own worst enemies. Verdone departs from his predecessors by focusing more on the characters, who become larger-than-life exaggerations of themselves, with the storyline dropping to the background. In his first films he pays homage to his spiritual father, Alberto Sordi, through his Roman characters whose language and idiosyncrasies are the basis of the films’ absurd, self-deprecating humor. This paper focuses on Verdone’s second film, Bianco, Rosso e Verdone (1981), analyzing the reasons why the three characters interpreted by Verdone are ...continua a leggere