La Patata Bollente (1979)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Satire  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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The Italian La Patata Bollente (Hot Potato) casts some light on the intolerances of those involved in "liberal" Italian political and labor organizations. Popular comic-actor Renato Pozzetto plays an ill-tempered "old line" communist union organizer. One evening, he rescues a homosexual (Massimo Ranieri) from a gang of hooligans. The communist allows the poor man to spend the evening in his apartment -- a wholly innocent set-up that is misinterpreted by the communist's girl friend (Edwige Fenech). When word gets out that their leader and the gay man are "shacking up," the members of the allegedly progressive union and their political cohorts are more vociferous than anyone in their condemnation of his "sins."

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friendship, misunderstanding, homosexual, rescue, shelter, Communism, Italy