A Hero of Our Times

Synopsis: Alberto Menichetti lives with an aunt and an old housekeeper, Clotilde; he has a job in a firm and his boss is Mrs. De Ritis, a widow whose husband was killed during a wild boar hunt. She likes him but Alberto likes Marcella; she is under age and he is awaiting her birthday to declare his love. His greater traits are to be fearful of everything and to be selfish. This nature will get him into trouble.
85 min

- Why do you avoid stepping on lines?

- Well, they say it's bad luck.

- And do you believe in this?

- Maybe it's not true,

but, if in doubt,

it's better not to step on them.

- What're you doing, where're you going?

- Let me know when you stop!

- Should I whistle at you?

- Yes, you should,

because I don't like to be bumping

into people.

You're crazy!

Is this the way to drive a car?

- What a hit!

- You're the one who's crazy.

You're the crazy one,

I've even got witnesses.

- What?

- Those three, over there.

Where're you going? They want to get

us into trouble! Let's beat it!

I'm not afraid,

but I'm lucky enough to be cautious.

- The scooterist could have got hurt.

- Even worse, isn't it?

If he's hurt, he dies.

And then,

what will the police say?

At first, that you killed him,

then that you've moved the body.

And then, pictures in the newspapers,

law suits, scandals,

they discover you didn't pay your taxes,

that you have a mistress, you're on coke,

they tie you to the call-girls.

You were saying?

Me, a witness?

- I'm melting.

- Are you high?

- No.

- Well!

I'm not high,

but I don't want to be caught up in this.

What are you talking about!

Listen to this.

- What?

- "Dancer found dead in the bathtub,

lover charged because he couldn't remember

where he was the night of the murder."

That's bad,

he should have remembered.

- The murder happened six moths ago!

- So?

- I'd like to see what you'd have done!

- I remember where I was six months ago.

- Say it! Where're you on the night of...

- The night of...?

January, 20th!

- Of...?

- January, 20th, night.

Of January, 20th, well...?

December, January, 20.

First, at the exit of the variete

with you, then at the cafe, 22:20 in bed.

Please, check it.

- Let me see.

- Please.

Let me see!

Here, check it.

And you write everything down?

Every day?

Every day,

it might seem useless,

but if I'm on trial tomorrow,

I can always answer. Please.

- That notepad is useless.

- Don't you say!

I do say it. Tomorrow the police arrives

all of a sudden at your house...

.. and they arrest you for the murder

of the dancer.

- No, no.

- Alright, it's an error,

- but they throw you in jail

all the same. - No!

- No!

- Yes!

First of all, nobody enters my house,

if they don't have an arrest warrant,

- because I wouldn't open!

- They bring the door down.

- I'm innocent! - They fling you inside

all the same, and then they talk.

No, they don't fling me inside,

because I'm a free citizen.

- Lower your voice.

- No, I can speak loud,

because I'm a citizen of the Republic,

I pay my taxes and they don't arrest me!

- They arrest you, they arrest you.

- What're you saying?

- They arrest you!

- Who, me?

- But there's no motive! - If there's

no motive, they arrest you all the same.

- O, yes?

- Yes!

Then, if you've got that far, I'll take

a bomb, throw it and blow everything up!

- Who's throwing the bomb?

- Who is it, chief?

Young man? I'm talking to you,

come here.

- You're talking to me?

- Yes, to you, to you.

- I have to catch the tram.

- Let us see your papers.

If I may,

- I'm their office...

- It doesn't concern you!

Papers, please.

The identity card.

We were saying throw the bomb,

but only like this, theoretically.

Because he said a an arrest warrant

was needed.

This has expired.

Because my father's dead,

I live with my aunt.

If you say it's expired,

I'll renew it.

- Look carefully, Sir, has it expired?

- Yes, yes, it has expired!

It doesn't have a stamp.

I said so, you know,

show it to me.

I said so, if it's ben established

a stamp is needed, I'll have one put.

Besides, it was his.

What kind of gift is it, without a stamp?

- Dottore, you tell him.

- Excuse me.

What's this?

- The stamp?

- Alright, alright.

But watch your language and leave

bombs alone, especially at this hour.

- Good evening.

- Good evening, dottore.


Why didn't he ask for your papers too?

You say you're cautious, and then

you start shouting: "I'll throw a bomb"!


it's you who have provoked me!

I'd punish myself,

you can't go out at nights!

What're you doing? I'm going home,

what about you? Good night.

I won't go out with that one anymore!

He's so scared,

he even frightens me.

When I'm around him, I'm never at ease,

I don't know!

- He influences me.

- He influences you?

I only have to think about this winter,

in Venice, we went on a tour,

we were on the steamer and out of the

blue he shouts:
"Help, help!"

Everyone jumps overboard; the accountant

gets three months in bed with pneumonia.

- And then the manager drowns.

- What had happened?

Nothing! We could never understand.

- Wool underwear in May!

- You know he wears it until July.

August, September...

Good evening!

- May I?

- Please, please.

Here it is. 10,000 for the rent,

- 240 for the 12 phone calls.

- There were 14!

O, 14, here it is.

- Does it settle it?

- Yes, it's fine, thank you.

- Open up, police!

- O, my God, Clotilde!

- What can the police want!?

- Open up, or I'll break the door!

Break it!


Don't be afraid.

Did I scare you?

Why do you frighten us like this,


To teach you, you already are mistaken;

at night, you don't open to anyone.

You must say:
"D'you have an arrest

warrant?" That's what you must say!

You're joking, but today they've served

us with the eviction order.

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Mario Monicelli

Mario Monicelli (Italian: [ˈmaːrjo moniˈtʃɛlli]; 16 May 1915 – 29 November 2010) was an Italian director and screenwriter and one of the masters of the Commedia all'Italiana (Comedy Italian style). He was nominated six times for an Oscar. more…

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