Three Italian have to move from their current city to vote to local elections elsewhere. Pasquale is an Italian emigrant living in Munich (Germany). He has to vote in Matera, Basilicata (south of Italy). He is genuinely happy to come back in Italy, even if just for some days; but the country he is dreaming is different from the reality he meets. Furio move from Torino to Roma with all his family. He is so niggler and heavy that Magda, his wife, is thinking to escape. Mimmo is a young good fellow, moving with his grand mother, from Verona to Roma. His trip is disturbed by worries about her health, while she is very calm.
Bianco, rosso e Verdone is an 1981 Italian comedy film directed and starred by Carlo Verdone, playing three characters. It was produced by Sergio Leone, soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone and guest starred by Mario Brega, all formerly scored in the Dollars trilogy and spaghetti western movies in the 1960s.
About the Story
Italian election day in the early ’80s. Three men leave to reach their voting places. Furio, a pedantic and chatterbox clerk living in Turin, is with his family on his way to Rome, so are half witted Mimmo with his diabetic grandmother. Pasquale, an Italian emigrant in Germany and married to a local valkyrie-like woman, leaves alone with his Alfasud car to Matera, South Italy.
Theirs is an eventful journey through Italian motorways. Furio’s wife Magda is on the edge of a nervous breakdown because of his character. Mimmo is continuously mocked by his disabled but smart grandmother. Pasquale, ignoring all current hardships of Italy, gets some theft in each stop. Magda, Mimmo and their relatives spend a night in the same motel, while Furio stays at hospital because of a car crash.
The woman is courted by Raul, a handsome man that follows them from the beginning. Mimmo is taken by a call-girl who works in the motel. He’s so idiot to ignore her job and he mistakes her pubic hair with a “fur underwear”. Pasquale’s car eventually miss seats, windscreen and decorative wheel rims. They eventually get to their polling stations. Magda escapes with Raul while Furio is voting. Mimmo’s grandma dies in the voting cabin and the scrutiners argue the validity of her vote while Mimmo is crying and screaming. Pasquale gives to the scrutiners his anger. He speaks a fictitious and unintelligible dialect, upon his misfortunes and hardships of Italy and uselessness of his vote.
Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981)
Directed by: Carlo Verdone
Starring: Carlo Verdone, Elena Fabrizi, Irina Sanpiter, Angelo Infanti, Milena Vukotic, Mario Brega, Andrea Aureli, Elisabeth Wiener, Anna Alessandra Ariorio
Screenplay by: Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi
Production Design by: Carlo Simi
Cinematography by: Luciano Tovoli
Film Editing by: Nino Baragli
Set Decoration by: Carlo Gervasi
Music by: Ennio Morricone
Distributed by: Medusa Produzione
Release Date: February 20, 1981