About Don Camillo
In Don Camillo, we enter a small rural town in the Po Valley of Northern Italy. The time period is the late 1940s early 50s. At that time, Giovanni Guareschi started writing short stories about conflicts between a hot headed town priest, Don Camillo, and with his rival, the Communist mayor, Peppone. The stories, printed in the satirical Milanese weekly magazine Candido, represent the real life conflict that was taking place between the Catholic Church and the Communist party of Italy (which had a strong following in Northern Italy at the time).These short stories were later compiled into a series of books and then woven into several movies.
Filmed in Italy during the 1950s, they showcase Don Camillo, the village priest who is always arguing with his ideological enemy, the communist mayor, Peppone. Guareschi takes on the philosophical arguments in both a serious and comical way. Both the priest and the mayor are convinced of their ideas which makes for some fiery but humorous arguments. Adding to the comedy and delight of this movie is the third main character, the statue of Jesus. There are many “conversations” that the priest (Don Camillo) has with his statue of Jesus in his church...and the statue gently but firmly lectures Don Camillio into better ways to work with Peppone for the good of the village.
Well-known and loved in Italy, but relatively unknown in America, this film will make you want to read “The Little World of Don Camillo” stories by Guareschi.
Movie discussion with "Ciao Asheville" Film Critic Robert Formento on Sunday, April 28th starting 1pm @MetroWines.
Admission is free. $7 for a glass of Italian Wine!