Hot Potato
La patata bollente.jpg
Directed bySteno
Written bySteno
Giorgio Arlorio
Enrico Vanzina
Produced byAchille Manzotti
StarringRenato Pozzetto
CinematographyGiorgio Arlorio
Music byTotò Savio
Release date
16 November 1979
Running time
100 minutes

Hot Potato (Italian: La patata bollente) is a 1979 Commedia all'italiana film directed by Steno. The film discusses a range of issues such as homophobia in the political left, Anni di piombo violence, working class culture, and the sustainability of Eurocommunism.[1]


Bernardo Mambelli nicknamed "il Gandi" (Renato Pozzetto) is a PCI militant and pugilist working at a Milanese paint factory. One night, he sees a bunch of fascists beating a frail young man (Massimo Ranieri). He saves the man and brings him to his house to learn that he is Claudio, a homosexual. With nowhere to go, Claudio starts staying at Bernardo's house but a series of typical misunderstandings lead his comrades as well as his girlfriend Maria (Edwige Fenech) to believing that he has "turned gay". Bernardo is now seen as a potential lost cause and the ongoings soon reveal a "hot potato" situation for him.


See also


  1. ^ Milano-Firenze, Mo-Net s.r.l. "La patata bollente (1979)". Retrieved 2021-05-25.