Man, Beast and Virtue

L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlwɔːmo la ˈbestja e la virˈtu]), internationally released as Man, Beast and Virtue, is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Steno. It starred Italian comedian Toto and famed actor Orson Welles. It is based on the 1919 play with the same name by Luigi Pirandello.[1] The film was originally shot in Gevacolor.[2]

L'uomo, la bestia, la virtù
(Man, Beast and Virtue)
Directed bySteno (Stefano Vanzina)
Produced byDino De Laurentiis & Carlo Ponti
Written byLuigi Pirandello (play), Lucio Fulci
Vitaliano Brancati
Orson Welles
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
CinematographyMario Damicelli
Edited byGisa Radicchi Levi
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
May 9, 1953
Running time
90 min


Paolino (Totò) is in love with a married woman Annarella (Viviane Romance). Both consume whenever pleasant loves, but one day Annarella becomes pregnant. The woman's husband: Captain Perella (Orson Welles), a few months ago is out of town for work, but a day suddenly returns. Paolino to avoid the betrayal that you know, put a plan in place so that Perella steps a night of pleasure with Annarella, so that after a few months of getting her pregnant believe him.



  1. Nino Genovese, Sebastiano Gesù. La musa inquietante di Pirandello, il cinema. Bonanno, 1990.
  2. Alberto Anile. I film di Totò (1946-1967): la maschera tradita. Le mani, 1998.
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