The Two Colonels
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Directed bySteno
Written byBruno Corbucci
Giovanni Grimaldi
Produced byGianni Buffardi
Walter Pidgeon
CinematographyGino Santoni
Edited byGiuliana Attenni
Music byGianni Ferrio
Distributed byTitanus
Release dates
Italy: 1963
USA: 1966
Running time
96 min

I due colonnelli (internationally released as The Two Colonels) is a 1963 Italian comedy film directed by Steno.[1][2] The character of Totò took inspiration from a similar character he played in Totò Diabolicus.[3]


The story is of Italian and British troops facing off on the Greek-Albanian border in 1943. Both sides take, lose, and retake a border village countless times during the entire movie. The village is taken and retaken by both sides so many times that the locals don't even pay attention to the battles any more and openly collaborate with whichever side is occupying the village at that time. Both sides use the same hotel as their HQ and a friendship and mutual respect even develops between the two opposing commanding officers. This goes on until the Germans arrive and order the Italian commander to destroy the village killing its inhabitants, an order the Italian commander refuses to carry out bringing on a death sentence. His men refuse the German officer's order to fire and are also condemned to death. The British recapture the village just in time to save the Italians, all rejoice at the news that Italy has just asked for an armistice.



  1. ^ "Gli urlacci di Totò e un emulo Constantine". La Stampa. 18 January 1963.
  2. ^ Alberto Anile. I film di Totò (1946-1967): la maschera tradita. Le mani, 1998.
  3. ^ Masolino D'Amico. La commedia all'italiana. Il Saggiatore, 2008.