The great Italian comic actor Alberto Sordi portrays a sweet, meek auto technician living in Milan who takes his blond Northern Italian wife and daughter on a trip to his native Sicily -- where the local don recruits him, more or less against his will, for a little side trip to New Jersey. It's a story about cultural legacies and cultural clashes; and there are situations in this movie that will make you squirm, then laugh with delight, at director Alberto Lattuada's ability to seize this situations and push them still further. Visually sophisticated as well as fast and funny, Mafioso is one of the great black comedies of the screen. With Norma Bengell, Uto Attanasio, and Lilly Bistrattin (105 min., 1962).
Director: Alberto Lattuada
Writer: Rafael Azcona and Bruno Caruso
Producer: Dino De Laurentiis
Cast: Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti, Ugo Attanasio and Cinzia Bruno