Ring Around the Clock (1953)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Based on a Time Magazine article by William Rospigliosi, Ring Around the Clock effectively combines neorealism with humor. When the town clock in a tiny Italian fishing community needs repair, what starts out as a solvable problem blossoms into a cause celebre. The mayor wants to form a committee to handle the repairs. The local communists demand that the labor be handled within "party lines". And the village priest, a socialist, insists that things be done according to church edicts. In a gentle, nonaggressive manner, all the interested parties are presented as recognizable human beings -- warts and all -- rather than "types." The American version of Ring Around the Clock was reassembled to conform to censorship and time strictures by Walter Klee.

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advice, against-the-system, arguing, bureaucracy, clock, Communism, conflict, government, Italy, loot, lottery, mayor, official, politician, priest, settler, small-town, town, village