The Walls of Malapaga

Synopsis: A French fugitive arrives in Genoa, where he becomes entangled with an Italian woman and her daughter.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): René Clément
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
89 min

Look, Here's food for

two days. I see you later.

Ah, I don't want to

eat. I got a tooth ache.

Listen, I don't have time

to waste. I'll come back later.

Look out, the police

here is always aware.

It's no good to get

offshore empty handed.

- Want one?

- No, no...

Hey, leave the lamp!

I'm here for three

days. I'm getting nuts.

Ok, here you are.

So, what are you gonna do?

You know... I'll disembark.

Are you crazy?

Do you want them to chase you too?

I can't take it anymore, this

tooth ache is making me nuts.

It won't kill you.

I don't want to end in this cellar.

I want to go on shore and

take care of this tooth.

And if you get caught? It's not

the tooth they will take from you...

...But your head.

Don't worry.

It's my head, not yours.

I'm going to Naples.

If you going to the

shore, pay me now.

Don't you trust me?

No, because it's easy to get off...

But you can't come back

without the documents.

First you give me the money,

them I give you the the suitcase.

Keep it for me.

Come here... You're a mess.

You won't get off

looking like this.

Go on, clean it up.

There's some soap there.

Do you know where I

can find a dentist?

Oh, never mind.

I will find one.

Be aware!

Don't talk much.

Excuse me, do you know

where I can find a dentist?

A dentist!

The best there is. I

give you a piece of it.

Cool down. Thats a Palmolive soap.

- Pardon, I'm not from here.

- Do you want to eat?

Enter, there's fresh fish.

No, no eating. A dentist,

I have a tooth ache.

Oh... A Dentist! He's

looking for a dentist.

He's French.

There's a good one on that

street, on Corbetta Square.

On Corbetta they

really get it done.

It's better to go to Doctor

Benetti, on So Bernado Street.

It will be cheaper, I know him.

You shut up, understand? I

know what I'm talking about.

Trust me. You go straight

forward, then turn left...

...Then turn right.

You'll find a big sign.

You can't go wrong.

- Poor thing. He's got a tooth ache.

- Yeah, I know.

Take the Mister to Dr.

Benetti, on So Bernardo.

- She will lead you.

- Merci.

- I speak French, too.

- Hmm...

I'm from Nice.

- Is it far away?

- No, It's right there.

We'll soon get there.

The tooth ache is just like

being in love, isn't it?

Yeah, just look at my face.

Sir, you speak French, don't

you? I got you a good offer.

Look here... Leather.

I brought it from Rhodes.

Look, It's strong... Strong.

It's good to make shoes.

I need to sell it tonight.

I can't take aboard. I don't

know what my captain will do.

Leave me alone, go away.

I beg of you, make a good offer.

How long will you take...

Go away, can't you see

he's got a tooth ache?

Here it is. It's

on the third floor.

- Hey, mister...

- Shit! Leave me alone!

Do you want to

exchange some francs?

I can exchange some francs.



- 1100 per 2000 Liras.

- How much?

Take care. Hey... Go there.

- Say, How much?

- 1100 for 2000 Liras, official exchange.

- Official or not, I ain't got any choice.

- Here you are.

Well, farewell, monsieur. Bye.

I wait for you here.

Take a seat, please.

I beg you to be quick,

it's very painful.

- You're not from Genoa, are you?

- The only thing I care is the tooth ache.

- Excuse me.

- Oh...

Open your mouth, please.

Will have to take it off.

But I got to sterilize

the instruments first.

Yeah... First...

Without the anesthesia, It will be

450 liras... Otherwise, 800 liras.

Look, get this

fucking chloroform...

...That I'm in a

hurry. I got the money.

There! Get it!

- It's not the right moment.

- Get it!

I'm sorry but this is false.

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Cesare Zavattini

Cesare Zavattini (20 September 1902 – 13 October 1989) was an Italian screenwriter and one of the first theorists and proponents of the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema. more…

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