Saluti e baci

Saluti e baci is a Franco-Italian comedy-drama film directed by Maurice Labro and Giorgio Simonelli and released in 1953.

Saluti e baci
Directed byMaurice Labro
Giorgio Simonelli
Music byPippo Barzizza


In a village in Italy, a radio presenter, Carlo Mastelli, loses his hearing, and passes the microphone to Marina, the young teacher, who suggests launching an appeal whereby all listeners send postcards from their country to Tonino, a young student in danger. Artists and celebrities, mostly from Italy and France, take part in the appeal, and a number respond, which at the same time boosts the show's ratings, and brings great happiness to Carlo.


Saluti e baci or Love and Kisses, is a film which deals with charity appeals a long time before the humanitarian appeals of Band Aid or Chanteurs Sans Frontières of the 1980s. In the film, a group of singers get together en masse to help those less fortunate than themselves, something which would later be seen in the Enfoirés who formed Les Restos du Cœur.


  • French title : La Route du bonheur
  • Italian title: Saluti e baci
  • Director : Maurice Labro, Giorgio Simonelli
  • Writer : Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli
  • Script: Jacques Emmanuel, Edoardo Anton
  • Music : Pipo Barzizza, Francis Lopez
  • Directors of photography: Roger Dormoy, Carlo Montuori
  • Cameraman: Jacques Robin
  • Sound engineer: Jean Bertrand
  • Decorators : Paul-Louis Boutié, Alberto Boccianti
  • Costumes : Robert Isnardon, Nino Baragli
  • Country of origin: France, Italy
  • Studio: Cinecittà (Rome)


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