Fracchia la belva umana
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byNeri Parenti
Written byLeo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Paolo Villaggio, Neri Parenti
Produced byBruno Altissimi, Claudio Saraceni
StarringPaolo Villaggio, Lino Banfi, Gigi Reder, Anna Mazzamauro, Massimo Boldi
CinematographyAlberto Spagnoli
Edited bySergio Montanari
Music byFred Bongusto
Distributed byCecchi Gori Group
Release date
  • 22 December 1981 (1981-12-22)
Running time
99 minutes

Fracchia la belva umana (Fracchia the fanatic or Fracchia The Human Beast) is a 1981 Italian comedy film directed by Neri Parenti. It was screened at the 67th Venice International Film Festival as an Italian comedy.[1] Its cast includes: Paolo Villaggio, Lino Banfi and the then young Massimo Boldi and Francesco Salvi.


Due to misfortune, Giandomenico Fracchia (an employee in a chocolate factory) ends up becoming a body double of a terrible criminal known as "the human beast": which leads into series of problems and misunderstandings for him.



It was the first of the two films about Fracchia, a character created by Paolo Villaggio, along with the most famous Ugo Fantozzi. Despite being published six years after Fantozzi, and pulling many gags from Fantozzi's movies, the film was a success and became a cult movie. Many gags from the movie became famous (IE the sit on the pouf) and defined the typical repertoire of Paolo Villaggio (right in this film was introduced at the cinema the famous joke «Com'è umano lei!» («How humane you are!») was first born on TV).

Among the characters the noteworthy performances are: Gigi Reder who plays the mother of "The Human Beast" and Anna Mazzamauro who plays the lover of "The Human Beast" (whose love is not reciprocate by Fracchia). Honorary mentions are: two youth Massimo Boldi and Francesco Salvi playing as accomplices of "The Human Beast". Memorables scenes are the gags between the Chief of Police Commissario Auricchio (Lino Banfi) and his subordinante Appuntato De Simone (Sandro Ghiani).[2]


  1. ^ "Italian Comedy - The State of Things". Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  2. ^ Villaggio (in Italian). Einaudi/Rai Trade. 2009.