The Scientific Cardplayer

The Scientific Cardplayer is the English language title of a 1972 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Luigi Comencini. The screenplay was written by Rodolfo Sonego.

The Scientific Cardplayer
Lo Scopone Scientifico
Theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed byLuigi Comencini
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Written byRodolfo Sonego
StarringAlberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Bette Davis
Music byPiero Piccioni
CinematographyGiuseppe Ruzzolini
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
115 minutes


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.

Production notes

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.

This was the third on-screen pairing for Davis and Joseph Cotten. They previously co-starred in Beyond the Forest (1949) and Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).

Principal cast

Principal production credits

Critical reception

TV Guide says, "One's enjoyment of this picture is correlated with one's understanding of scopa." [1]


  • 1973 David di Donatello Award for Best Actor (Alberto Sordi, winner)
  • 1973 David di Donatello Award for Best Actress (Silvana Mangano, winner)
  • 1973 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actor (Mario Carotenuto, winner)

See also

Lo Scopone Scientifico at Italian Wikipedia


This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.