Video: homage to Italy’s Totó, prince of babel

Article published on Feb. 15, 2008
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Article published on Feb. 15, 2008
Antonio De Curtis, or the Italian ‘prince of guffaws’, was born on 15 February 1898. Watch an English subtitled video of him, ‘Peppino' and 'the Bitch’ in action in 1956

Despite being Neapolitan, the comedian Totó knew how to play with the Italian language. The following clip is from his film Totò, Peppino e la malafemmena (‘Totò, Peppino and the Bitch’ 1956). Totò is in Milan, trying to track down a certain Marisa Floriano. The comedian is 100% convinced that only Austrians live in the Italian north, and that another language is spoken by the residents here. In the subtitled video below, watch the hero muddle between French, German and Italian