Roman Tales (film)

Roman Tales (Italian: Racconti romani) is a 1955 Italian comedy film directed by Gianni Franciolini. It is based on several short stories collected in Racconti romani by Alberto Moravia.[1][2] The film won two David di Donatello Awards, for best director and best producer.[3]

Roman Tales
Directed byGianni Franciolini
Produced byNiccolò Theodoli
Written bySergio Amidei
Age & Scarpelli
Alberto Moravia
Francesco Rosi
Story byAlberto Moravia (tales)
StarringMaurizio Arena
Franco Fabrizi
Vittorio De Sica
Silvana Pampanini
Music byMario Nascimbene
CinematographyMario Montuori
Edited byAdriana Novelli
Distributed byDaria Cinematografica
Release date
Running time
95 minutes


In Rome, during the Fifties, three boys attempt to commit a robbery. They're Mario, Alvaro and Otello, aided by a trickster, Professor Semprini, who claims to be a great intellectual. In reality the man is just the garbage boy of the upright lawyer Mazzoni Baralla, who goes on the trail of the three boys as soon as they attempt the shot. Indeed, Alvaro, Mario and Otello are arrested, after being deceived by Semprini, who demands from them a payment for the design of the plan. In fact the three first attempt to pass off counterfeit notes, then pretend to be guards from the vice squad in Villa Borghese. After the arrest and acquittal, the three decide to return to their old and simple jobs.



  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.
  2. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  3. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
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