Buongiorno, Elefante! (1952)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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It hardly takes a linguist to figure out that the title of this whimsical Italian comedy translates to Bonjour, Elephant! Vittorio de Sica plays Garetti, a Roman schoolteacher with nary a sous in his pocket. Nothing, however, dampens Garetti's joie de vivre. Eventually, the teacher's sunny disposition touches the heart of a visiting Indian Prince, played by the inimitable Sabu. Through the Prince's intervention, Garetti's fortunes take a huge shot upward. To say more would be to spoil this delightful film. One can't call Buongiorno, Elefante! an out-and-out fantasy, but it's hardly a slice of life, either.

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escapades, survivor, animal, homelessness, poverty, elephant, family, gift, prince