The Scientific Cardplayer
|The Scientific Cardplayer|
Lo Scopone Scientifico
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
|Directed by||Luigi Comencini|
|Produced by||Dino De Laurentiis|
|Written by||Rodolfo Sonego|
|Starring||Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Bette Davis|
|Music by||Piero Piccioni|
|Edited by||Nino Baragli|
An aging and wealthy American woman journeys to Rome each year with her chauffeur George to play the card game scopone with destitute Peppino and his wife Antonia. The annual scenario remains unchanged: she donates the initial stakes so they can play, then ultimately wins the game, shattering the couple's dream of scoring a victory and improving their lot in life. Eventually their daughter Cleopatra seeks revenge on her parents' behalf.
The film's Italian title is Lo scopone scientifico.
Bette Davis was in the midst of a three-week vacation at the health spa La Costa in Carlsbad, California when she received the script. On twenty-four-hour notice she flew to Rome for filming. It wasn't until the first day of shooting she learned the dialogue was to be recorded in Italian.
Principal production credits
TV Guide says, "One's enjoyment of this picture is correlated with one's understanding of scopa."