Romulus and the Sabines (1945 film)

Romulus and the Sabines (Italian: Il ratto delle sabine) is a 1945 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Bonnard and starring Totò, Carlo Campanini and Clelia Matania. It was one of several of Totò's postwar comedies to use elements of neorealism.[1]

Romulus and the Sabines
Directed byMario Bonnard
Written byMario Amendola
Mario Bonnard
Giorgio Moser
Carlo Campanini
Clelia Matania
Music byCesare A. Bixio
Giulio Bonnard
CinematographyGiuseppe La Torre
Edited byGino Talamo
Capitani Film
Distributed byTitanus Distribuzione
Release date
21 November 1945
Running time
90 minutes

The film is based on the German comedy Der Raub der Sabinerinnen (1884) by Franz von Schönthan and Paul von Schönthan.

Plot summary

Toto is the actor of a penniless theater group: they arrive in a small town to offer their theatrical calendar to the mayor. Meanwhile, a professor: caught but shy, presents to the community his play, "The Rape of the Sabine Women", but the provincial inhabitants hate mortally the theater. The professor is in despair, but Toto willingly accepts the part of the work, just to eat something. At the end, the opera is performed at the theater, but it is a disaster, because the genre is drama, but Toto gullibility makes it a comic farce.


See also


  1. Brizio-Skov p.115


  • Flavia Brizio-Skov. Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society. I.B.Tauris, 2011.

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