The King of Laughter

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2h 13m | Drama, Biography

Naples, 1904: Italian theatre is thriving, and comic actor, Eduardo Scarpetta is the box office king. Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta's larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life.

Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta's home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family.

At the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D'Annunzio. Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy.

Despite legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great thespians of Italian theater.

Director: Mario Martone
Cast: Toni Servillo, Maria Nazionale, Gianfelice Imparato, Gigio Morra, Iaia Forte, Lino Musella, Francesco Di Leva, Cristiana Dell'Anna, Antonia Truppo, Eduardo Scarpetta, Roberto De Francesco, Paolo Pierobon, Giovanni Mauriello, Chiara Baffi, Lucrezia Guidone, Elena Ghiaurov, Greta Esposito, Tommaso Bianco, Benedetto Casillo, Giovanni Ludeno, Nello Mascia, Roberto Caccioppoli, Alessandro Manna, Marzia Onorato, Salvatore Battista, Aldo Minei

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