Being deprived of his dreams of richness, Brancaleone-Gassman and his band agree to go along with the monk and his followers, saving themselves. The costumes often provide a near-surreal effect, particularly in the wedding banquet and Byzantine castle scenes. “ilPonte”, tramite la Fisc (Federazione Italiana Settimanali Cattolici), ha aderito allo IAP (Istituto dell’Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria) accettando il Codice di Autodisciplina della Comunicazione Commerciale. “ilPonte” percepisce i contributi pubblici all’editoria. The term Armata Brancaleone is still used today in Italian to define a group of badly assembled and poorly equipped people. Age and Scarpelli devised for the characters a striking, mocking form of a mixture of Italian (including its dialects) and Latin languages, which is probably the main feature of the film and one of the keys to its success. Meanwhile, a confused Brancaleone has to fend off the sadomasochistically-fueled passion of Teofilatto's aunt, just one example of the inbred Byzantine household. Brancaleone (who did not know about the attack on the knight) and his army are about to be burned alive when the mad monk arrives out of the blue and saves them from the knight, "so they can fulfill their duty to go onto the Holy Land". The attackers try to sell the knight's armor and weapons to a miserly Jewish merchant who finds among his belongings a letter of donation by the Holy Roman Emperor, granting the knight the fief of Aurocastro, an Apulian town. It features Vittorio Gassman in the main role. His father refuses to pay, revealing that Teofilatto is his illegitimate child. presso il tribunale di Rimini - email@example.com, I docenti, educatori sociali e sciopero: il lavoro di cura al tempo del Covid-19, RImini, Coronavirus: positivi in calo, terapie intensive stabili, aumentano i guariti (39), Tamponi rapidi, Rimini mette a disposizione tre strutture, Rimini, Covid-19, aumentano i casi positivi, terapie intensive stabili. According to Monicelli, the idea for the movie was spurred by a simple scene written by Age and Scarpelli, about two mediaeval peasants talking about women. Underdogs and humiliated people were constantly present in Monicelli's art, but in this case they are shown mainly from a comical side. Albeit sad, when he finds his untrustworthy horse, Brancaleone mounts and regains his confidence, taking the lead from the monk. The story is continued in a follow-up film, Brancaleone alle Crociate (1970). It would instead show "the other face" of the era: poor people, underdogs, ignorance, mud, cold, misery. As the band is about to be executed by impalement, it is saved by the knight of the opening scenes, the rightful owner of the fief, thirsty for vengeance against his attackers. It was entered into the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Their designer, Piero Gherardi, won a Silver Ribbon for them in 1967. The Hungarian bandit comes up with the idea to propose a partnership to a cadet nobleman, so the group can take possession of the aforementioned fief and enjoy its riches. The main musical theme of the film was also a great success. Finally, the archetypical medieval hero, the knight, has in the clueless Brancaleone its greatest parody, always jeopardized by following his chivalric code of conduct; as for his dreams of glory, he leads an army of underdogs that are a little more than a band of cowardly bandits who flee from fights and feign submission while actively trying to manipulate him from the bottom. Monicelli suggested that they shoot a movie which avoids the stereotypes of the usual Hollywood Middle Ages movies. This page was last edited on 13 July 2020, at 01:12. L'armata Brancaleone (known in English-speaking countries as For Love and Gold or The Incredible Army of Brancaleone) is an Italian comedy movie released on April 7, 1966, written by the famous duo Age & Scarpelli and directed by Mario Monicelli. These include: When finally the band reaches the fief, they discover that the missing part of their parchment mentioned that condition for the granting of the fief was that its new ruler should have provided adequate defences against the "black scourge coming from the sea", frequent raids by Saracen corsairs. There is no such stereotype left standing: the oppressed villagers are capable of violence themselves (they are prey to the bandits, but join them to attack their saving knight); the clergy, depicted by the hallucinating monk, fanatical to the extreme, always capable of explaining misfortunes by "lack of faith" of his entourage; the miserly Jewish merchant; the heroine/princess in distress, who instead of ending up with the hero asks to be deflowered by another man just to spite him. L'armata Brancaleone (known in English-speaking countries as For Love and Gold or The Incredible Army of Brancaleone) is an Italian comedy movie released on April 7, 1966, written by the famous duo Age & Scarpelli and directed by Mario Monicelli. It features Vittorio Gassman in the main role. Brancaleone is an actual historical name, meaning the paw of lions in heraldry jargon. However, as he is healing his wounds he is attacked by two of the surviving villagers and one of the thieves. When the murders and rapes are over, a German knight arrives and bravely kills the bandits. The movie opens with a small Italian village being stormed by a band of Hungarian pillagers. The knight they find is the poor and incompetent, yet well-meaning, Brancaleone da Norcia and they tell him that a noble knight handed them the parchment before dying. Brancaleone degli Andalò was a governor of Rome in the Middle Ages. “ilPonte”, tramite la Fisc (Federazione Italiana Settimanali Cattolici), ha aderito allo IAP (Istituto dell’Autodisciplina Pubblicitaria) accettando il Codice di Autodisciplina della Comunicazione Commerciale. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Festival de Cannes: L'armata Brancaleone", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=L%27armata_Brancaleone&oldid=967396030, Films with screenplays by Age & Scarpelli, Articles needing additional references from June 2014, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, An entire city seemingly abandoned, which they begin to pillage, until they find out that it was depopulated by. Il Ponte Copyright 2015 - Il Ponte è una testata registrata Reg. Gassman's overbearing and pompous recitation was also perfect for the role. Another important theme of the film is male friendship, which was also an important element in movies such as La grande guerra and the later Amici miei. As they set up towards the fief, Brancaleone lives several grotesque adventures, inspired by the confused and cosmopolitan world of Italy during Middle Ages; each one of them more hilarious than the last. The parchment is torn at the lower end, which refers to a condition the knight must fulfill to enjoy the donation. giving in to Teofilatto's plan, the army arrives at his father's castle to demand a ransom. Brancaleone designs a cartoonish Rube Goldberesque trap to defeat the Saracens, but instead the band ends up trapped within. It was entered into the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.. They throw the wounded knight into a river. Brancaleone initially refuses the plan but after a farcical defeat at a jousting tournament that promised the hand of an overlord's daughter and a wealthy fief, he is too eager to take command of this "army" (L'Armata) of underdogs and lead it towards "fortune" and "glory", in what he sees as an epic journey. “ilPonte” percepisce i contributi pubblici all’editoria. The plot is structured as a series of sketches revolving around different parodies of the Middle Ages world: it is itself a parody of the classical knights' quest typical of Middle Ages tales.