• Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / Studiocanal
  • Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / Studiocanal
  • Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / Studiocanal

Una vita difficile

(A Hard Life)

4K Digital Restoration

Critic’s Pick! A stellar specimen of commedia all’Italiana by a true maestro of the form . . . pulsates with the breathlessness and disorientation of a country simultaneously grappling with the past and speeding toward a confusing future . . . belongs in the company of Fellini’s La dolce vita and Risi’s Il sorpasso.

A. O. Scott, New York Times

Alberto Sordi, Lea Massari, Lina Volonghi, Franco Fabrizi,

Una vita difficile becomes something of a chronicle of recent Italian history in following one “man on the street” through twenty years of social change. Alberto Sordi is the man in question, a middle-class conformist who finds himself aligned with the left and likes it: first as a partisan, then as a leftist journalist, he shuns success in favor of his brand of idealism. Slowly, however, he falls in step with the wave of economic self-interest of the 1950s, winding up “a frightened citizen integrated into the neocapitalist system” (Mira Liehm).

  • Rodolfo Sonego
  • Leonida Barboni
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 118 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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