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Down with Misery

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Down with Misery
Directed byGennaro Righelli
Written byMario Monicelli
Nicola Fausto Neroni
Gennaro Righelli
Produced byUmberto Bompani
Valentino Brosio
StarringAnna Magnani
Nino Besozzi
Marisa Vernati
CinematographyRodolfo Lombardi
Edited byDuilio A. Lucarelli
Music byUmberto Mancini
Domus Film
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
December 27, 1945
Running time
90 minutes

Down with Misery (Italian: Abbasso la miseria!) is a 1945 Italian comedy drama film directed by Gennaro Righelli and starring Anna Magnani, Nino Besozzi and Marisa Vernati.[1] It was shot at the Farnesina Studios in Rome during the autumn of 1945. The film's sets were designed by the art director Gino Brosio. It was released in the wake Magnani's success in Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City. It makes reference to the thriving black market in postwar Italy and was followed by a loose sequel Peddlin' in Society (1946) which focused on a similar theme.

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Nannina, a Roman housewife, is frustrated by her truck driver's husband Giovanni's refusal to take part in the black market and pressures him into take part in illegal actions with their more successful neighbour Gaetano. While he is in Naples, Giovanni rescues and adopts a boy he finds in the bombed-out southern city. His wife is furious and coldly rejects the boy at first, but gradually warms to him. Meanwhile, Giovanni becomes involved in fake currency smuggling, bringing the family increased prosperity, until he is caught and sent briefly to prison. The boy's father than turns up, he had gone missing rather than be killed in the bombing, and offers Giovanni an honest job.



  1. ^ Chiti, Roberto; Poppi, Roberto; Lancia, Enrico (1991). Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese. ISBN 8876055487.


  • Burke, Frank. A Companion to Italian Cinema. John Wiley & Sons, 2017.
  • Gundle, Stephen. Fame Amid the Ruins: Italian Film Stardom in the Age of Neorealism. Berghahn Books, 2019.
  • Sorlin, Pierre. Italian National Cinema. Routledge, 2006.

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