Play Dates



February 3 – March 16        New York, NY        FILM FORUM

March 4 – 5        Cleveland, OH        CLEVELAND CINEMATHEQUE

March 17 – 23        Los Angeles, CA        LAEMMLE'S ROYAL

March 17 – 23        Encino, CA        LAEMMLE'S TOWN CENTER

March 24 – 30        Glendale, CA        LAEMMLE'S GLENDALE

March 24 – 30        Santa Monica, CA        LAEMMLE'S MONICA FILM CENTER

March 31 – April 6        Santa Barbara, CA        SBIFF RIVIERA THEATRE

March 31 – April 6        Sag Harbor, NY        SAG HARBOR CINEMA

April 1, 5, 8 – 9        Toronto, ON        REVUE CINEMA

April 7 – 13        Buffalo, NY        NORTH PARK THEATRE

April 8, 10, & 13        Baltimore, MD        CHARLES THEATER

April 22 – 23        Ottawa, ON        BYTOWNE CINEMA

May 14 & 17        New York, NY        MoMA
Rialto at 25

May 15 – 25        San Rafael, CA        RAFAEL FILM CENTER

May 27 – 28        Silver Spring, MD        AFI SILVER THEATRE

June 9 – 10        Columbus, OH        WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Una Vita Difficile Play Dates


Italy, 1961
Director: Dino Risi
Producer: Dino De Laurentiis
Cast: Alberto Sordi, Lea Massari, Franco Fabrizi, Lina Valonghi
Screenwriter: Rodolfo Sonego
Cinematography: Leonida Barboni
Music: Carlo Savina
Genre: Comedy
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Running Time: 119 minutes

Silvio (Alberto Sordi), a leftist resistance fighter turned journalist, tries to cling to his political convictions while it becomes increasingly difficult to provide for his family. His wife, Elena (Lea Massari), supports his idealism less and less and reproaches him for not wanting to take advantage of the Italian post-war economic miracle. When she leaves him, Silvio tries to win her back by agreeing to a compromise with a rich industrialist.

Scanned in 4K at L'Institut Luce from the original negative. Restoration and calibration carried out at VDM by Studiocanal.

Reviews and Quotes 2

“Alberto Sordi’s pungent embodiment of a left-wing pamphleteer who can’t prosper in a capitalist republic propels Risi’s deft seriocomic panorama from Mussolini’s fall to the rise of the postwar Roman oligarchy...The closest America has come to Alberto Sordi is Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in their prime, rolled into one.”
— Michael Sragow, Air Mail

Una Vita Difficile is Italian social realism at its finest, funniest, and most heartbreaking.”
— David Hudson, The Daily

"It sounds absurd to even contemplate: an unreleased 1961 epic romance starring the legendary Alberto Sordi that tackles the decades after WWII — a mixture of sentiment and grand historic sweep that the Italians always did so well — that’s somehow
just getting a U.S. release."
— Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

Back To Top