Marcello Marcello (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Marcello Marcello (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 207 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 27 August 2009 (Netherlands)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Lerici, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
  • Budget: €3,200,000(estimated)
  • Director: Denis Rabaglia
  • Stars: Francesco Mistichelli, Elena Cucci and Alfio Alessi
  • Original Music By: Henning Lohner   
  • Soundtrack: GO GO MARCELLO!
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Writing Credits By:

  • Mark David Hatwood (original screenplay and novel)
  • Denis Rabaglia (adaptation and dialogue) and
  • Luca de Benedittis (adaptation and dialogue)

Known Trivia

  • More than 1200 Neapolitan boys were auditioned to cast Marcello and his friends.
  • The Island of Amatrello does not exist as such : it’s a combination of the Island of Ventotene (Lazio) and the village of Monte Marcello (Liguria).
  • Professor Pizzuti (Roberto Bestazzoni) was named after Italian stuntman Riccardo Pizzuti, a legendary figure in the Italian film business for being a long-time supporting player in the Terence Hill & Bud Spencer films.

Plot: For the love of the beautiful Elena the young fisherman's son Marcello turns a whole village upside down. Full summary » |  »

Story: Italy, 1956. In the picturesque island of Amatrello, a unique custom keeps the young men of the village busy: when a girl turns eighteen, every boy is invited to bring a gift for her first date. However the gift is not for the girl, but for the father… who will ultimately determine which boy takes her on her first rendez-vous! Eighteen-year-old fisherman's son Marcello doesn't care about this tradition until he sets eyes on the enchanting Elena, the daughter of the Mayor, who has returned to the island and – according to the tradition – has come of age. As time runs out and competition rises, Marcello comes up with the perfect gift for the Mayor. But getting that gift isn't easy… Soon, he is forced to barter with the entire village, as everyone seems to want something from someone else… Marcello's frantic quest ensues, evolving into a process of reconciliation among the village's inhabitants.Written by C-Films  

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Produced By:

  • Peter-Christian Fueter known as producer: C-Films
  • Martin Hagemann known as co-producer
  • Denis Rabaglia known as associate producer
  • Peter Reichenbach known as producer: C-Films
  • Michael Steiger known as producer: C-Films
  • Anne Walser known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Francesco Mistichelli known as Marcello Romei
  • Elena Cucci known as Elena Del Ponte
  • Alfio Alessi known as Armando Cesari
  • Luigi Petrazzuolo known as Pasquale
  • Luca Sepe known as Diego
  • Renato Scarpa known as Don Tommaso
  • Antonio Pennarella known as Mariano Romei
  • Roberto Bestazzoni known as Professor Pizzuti
  • Mariano Rigillo known as Mayor Del Ponte
  • Peppe Lanzetta known as Rozzani
  • Rosa Masciopinto known as Bernardina Palmieri
  • Teresa del Vecchio known as Rosetta Palmieri
  • Susy Del Giudice known as Evangelina di Meo
  • Gianfelice Imparato known as Pietro
  • Maria Pia Calzone known as Signora Lombardi
  • Gea Martire known as Armando's Mother
  • Lucio Allocca known as Armando's Father
  • Ivo Garrani known as Delegate
  • Andrea Mugnai known as Rector
  • Lilliana Vitale known as Pietro's Mother
  • Giuseppe De Felice known as Smiling Boy
  • Giulia Rissicini known as Rector's Daughter
  • Michela Tongiani known as Rector's Wife
  • Benito Taliercio known as Mariano's Comrade
  • Benito Malingieri known as Old Man with Trolley
  • Riccardo Scattina known as Bar Waiter
  • Agostino Chiummariello known as Bar Owner
  • Davide Notanrantonio known as Pietro's Client
  • Francesco Taliercio known as Fisherman in Alley
  • Antonietta Gaudino known as Screaming Lady
  • Marco Manchisi known as Harbour Bar Waiter
  • Ariana Starace known as Pietro's Lover
  • Annamaria Ferrandino known as Sister on Ramp
  • Francesca Petrocco known as Sister on Ramp
  • Enzo Avolio known as Pizzuti (voice) (as Enzo Avoglio)

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  • Miria Germano known as hair stylist
  • Miria Germano known as makeup artist
  • Giovanni Montaresi known as additional makeup artist
  • Johannita Mutter known as hair designer
  • Johannita Mutter known as makeup designer
  • Donatella Podano known as additional makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Alexandro Bamaschin known as construction crew
  • Antonio Borea known as property master
  • Sidnay Calvi known as construction crew
  • Stefano Carbonaro known as assistant leadman
  • Massimiliano Checchi known as construction crew
  • Federico Ciommo known as uncredited
  • Hendrik Coersmayer known as carpenter
  • Luca Cupini known as construction crew
  • Marianna Curcio known as construction crew
  • Giancarlo Di Fusco known as assistant set painter
  • Vittorio di Persio known as set painter
  • Matteo Domenichini known as construction crew
  • Yumi Egloff known as carpenter
  • Kiss Ferenc known as construction crew
  • Nicola Foletti known as assistant property master: Liguria
  • Babu Furrer known as carpenter
  • Laura Gaito known as painting: nude
  • Vincenzo Impagliaco known as construction crew
  • Vera Locher known as second assistant set designer
  • Giro Magliocco known as construction crew
  • Leo Manzini known as construction crew
  • Massimo Papini known as leadman
  • Romolo Pompa known as assistant set decorator
  • Domenico Reordino known as assistant set painter
  • Alessio Schenone known as assistant property master: Ventotene
  • Maria Grazia Schirippa known as assistant set decorator
  • Gabriel Schucan known as storyboard artist
  • Micha Seger known as graphic designer
  • Stefan Urweider known as construction coordinator
  • Paolo Zanetta known as first assistant set designer


Production Companies:

  • Zero Fiction Film
  • Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana (RTSI)
  • Teleclub AG
  • La Petite Entreprise
  • C-Films AG

Other Companies:

  • A.T.A.  art department supplier
  • Agostinelli  art department supplier
  • Air-Edel Recording Studios  music studio
  • Annamode 68  costume supplier
  • Cinema e Dintorni  adr services
  • Costumi d'Arte  costume supplier
  • DMR Edizioni Cinematografiche  editing facilities
  • Ditta Rancati  art department supplier
  • FGV Schmidle GmbH  camera and lighting equipment
  • FTK, Zürich  camera and lighting equipment
  • Fono Roma  adr studio
  • G. R. P. di Postiglione  art department supplier
  • Heimatmedien  post-production services
  • Naked Lunch  catering services
  • Pragma Studio  production services: Italy
  • Romana Gruppi Elettrogeni  generators
  • Scoring stage Balbelsberg  music studio
  • Shoes Pompei 2000  costume supplier
  • Soundrats  sound post-production
  • Studio Prism  music studio


  • Filmcoopi Zürich (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Senator Film (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Amstelfilm (2009) (Netherlands) (all media)
  • Homescreen (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (for Amstelfilm)

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Special Effects:

  • Green Eye Monster (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Arndt Baumueller known as visual effects
  • Cathleen Klein known as visual effects
  • Nicole Muehlberg known as visual effects assistant

Release Date:

  • Switzerland 12 August 2008 (Locarno Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 22 August 2008 (Italian speaking region)
  • Switzerland 23 October 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Switzerland 25 February 2009 (French speaking region)
  • USA 14 May 2009 (San Joaquin International Film Festival)
  • USA 1 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 27 August 2009
  • Germany 10 June 2010
  • Philippines 13 September 2010 (Cine Europa Film Festival)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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