Don Camillo: Monsignor

Don Camillo: Monsignor is a 1961 French-Italian comedy film directed by Carmine Gallone, starring Fernandel and Gino Cervi. The French title is Don Camillo Monseigneur and the Italian title is Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo. It was the fourth of five films featuring Fernandel as the Italian priest Don Camillo and his struggles with Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi, the communist mayor of their rural town. In Monsignor, Don Camillo has become a bishop and Peppone a senator.[1]

Don Camillo: Monsignor
Directed byCarmine Gallone
Produced byAngelo Rizzoli
Written byGiovannino Guareschi (novel)
Leo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Carmine Gallone
StarringFernandel, Gino Cervi, Saro Urzì
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
CinematographyCarlo Carlini
Edited byNiccolò Lazzari
Release date
  • 1961 (1961)
Running time
117 min

Plot summary

In Brescello, Don Camillo and Peppone decide to leave for Rome, after another tremendous fight. Don Camillo become monsignor, while Peppone honorable in the parliament of Deputies at Montecitorio. However the two have a pure and provincial spirit, not suitable to the cruelty of the city, and so they come back soon in their small town in the Po valley. While Don Camillo is planning, a betrayal, a wedding in a Catholic ceremony for the son of Peppone, the mayor tries to deceive the priest with a lucky win on the lottery. Don Camillo then responds with a proposed deal on the sale of a gas station. Since Peppone, being a Communist, can not deal with money, while he had won the lottery, decides to hide the ticket. Don Camillo unmasks him, and the two return to fight, while they are spreading once again to Rome.



  • Don Camillo in Moscow (Italian: Il compagno don Camillo; French: Don Camillo en Russie)[2] (1965)
  • Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi (French: Don Camillo et les contestataires; English translated: Don Camillo and the youth of today) [3] (1970) (unfinished film)


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