I Magliari
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Directed byFrancesco Rosi
Written byFrancesco Rosi
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
StarringAlberto Sordi
Renato Salvatori
CinematographyGianni Di Venanzo
Music byPiero Piccioni
Distributed byCristaldi Film
Release date
Running time
121 minutes
CountriesItaly, France

I magliari (internationally released as The Magliari) is a 1959 Italian drama film directed by Francesco Rosi.[1] The film won the silver ribbon for best cinematography.[2]

In 2008 it was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.[3][4][5]

Plot summary

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Totonno is the leader of a gang of Italian workers who for years have been in West Germany. The group picks up rags and second hand cloths, marketing them to customers for sheer fabric with which to sew clothes. The work is dishonest.

Mario is a fellow Italian in Germany to work as a miner but decides to return to Italy after losing his job. Totonno steals his passport to avoid the police and then offers Mario a job as “magliaro” (cloth seller). Mario decides to stay.

Totonno and his gang are exposed and decide to relocate to Hamburg. They encounters a band of Pole, who're doing the same dirty work. Mario begins an affair with Paula, the wife of a wealthy man.



Filming took place in Hamburg, Germany in April–May 1959.[6][7][8]

It was one of a series of sexually aggressive roles Lee played in Europe.[9]


It won best black and white photography at the Italian Film Critics Award.[10]


Senses of Cinema wrote "Unfairly neglected by critics and historians, the film is usually regarded a prelude to the Neapolitan director's ambitious, labyrinthine chronicles of power and corruption of the 1960s and 70s."[11]


  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano – I film. Gremese Editore, 1991.
  2. ^ Enrico Lancia (1998). I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
  3. ^ Massimo Bertarelli (2004). Il cinema italiano in 100 film: i 100 film da salvare. Gremese Editore. ISBN 88-8440-340-5..|
  4. ^ Massimo Borriello (4 March 2008). "Cento film e un'Italia da non dimenticare". Movieplayer. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Ecco i cento film italiani da salvare". Corriere della Sera. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  6. ^ ROBERT F. HAWKINS (May 3, 1959). "MOVIE ACTIVITIES ALONG THE TIBER: Fellini Works as Rome Watches -- Dossier on Various Directors". New York Times. p. X9.
  7. ^ "Rome". Variety. 18 March 1959. p. 93.
  8. ^ "Rome". Variety. 1 April 1959. p. 70.
  9. ^ Vagg, Stephen (September 7, 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.
  10. ^ ROBERT F. HAWKINS. (Mar 20, 1960). "Rossellini Shoots New War Story -- Winners -- Censorship Snag". New York Times. p. X7.
  11. ^ Iannone, Pasquale (March 2012). "I Magliari". Senses of Cinema. No. 62.