Two Cents Worth of Hope

Two Cents Worth of Hope (Italian: Due soldi di speranza) is a 1952 film directed by Renato Castellani.

Two Cents Worth of Hope
(Due Soldi di Speranza)
Directed byRenato Castellani
Produced bySandro Ghenzi
Written byRenato Castellani
Titina De Filippo
StarringMaria Fiore
Vincenzo Musolino
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
Nino Rota[1]
CinematographyArturo Gallea
Distributed byLes Films Marceau (France)
Times Film Corporation (United States)
Release date
Running time
110 min.

It shared the Grand Prix prize with the film Othello at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


The film is the third in director Castellani's Young Love trilogy (the first two were Sotto il sole di Roma (1948) and È primavera...(1950)). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart's desire. Once he's "hooked," Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.


  • Maria Fiore - Carmela
  • Vincenzo Musolino - Antonio
  • Filomena Russo - Antonio's Mother
  • Luigi Astarita - Pasquale Artu
  • Luigi Barone - The priest
  • Carmela Cirillo - Giulia
  • Felicità Lettieri - Signora Artu
  • Gina Mascetti - Flora Angelini
  • Alfonso Del Sorbo - Sacrestano
  • Tommaso Balzamo - Luigi Bellomo
  • Anna Raiola - Signora Bellomo
  • Gioacchino Morrone
  • Luigi Cutino
  • Pasqualina Izza
  • Antonio Balzamo


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