Donatella (film)

Donatella is a 1956 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli. At the 6th Berlin International Film Festival Elsa Martinelli won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.[1]

Film poster
Directed byMario Monicelli
Produced byRoberto Amoroso
Written byRoberto Amoroso
Sandro Continenza
Ruggero Maccari
Mario Monicelli
Piero Tellini
StarringElsa Martinelli
Music byGino Filippini
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
103 minutes


Donatella is a simple and honest Roman girl, daughter of a bookbinder and girlfriend of Guido, a gas station owner. One day she finds a woman handbag containing values and documents, and decides to return it to her owner, a wealthy American lady who offers Donatella a job as a secretary for reward: she has to manage the lady's villa during her absences, a job that does not require any particular commitment and allows Donatella to live for a while in the high society, unknown to her. Donatella casually meets Maurizio, a rich, elegant and well-educated young man, and ends up falling in love. When Maurizio discovers the humble origins of Donatella, he thinks that she has deceived him; but then he is convinced of Donatella's good faith, and thanks also to Guido's honesty, who acknowledges that he is not the right man for Donatella and agrees to leave her free, Donatella and Maurizio end up marrying.



  1. "6th Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". Retrieved 26 December 2009.
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