The best moments of Fantozzi

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Several years have passed since the death of Paolo Villaggio, the historical face of the character of Fantozzi who left us an indelible legacy over time. Choosing which are the best moments of Fantozzi is like deciding if you love mom or dad more: practically impossible. Each of us keeps a favorite scene in our hearts, but it is a unanimous opinion that there are some that we can call (hands down) real cult.

The five epic moments of Fantozzi

  • Let’s start with the first film of the saga, Fantozzi. Impossible not to mention the scene of the pool game against Cavalier Conte Diego Castellani. From the series of “coglionazzo” passing through “this is ass” and “this is class”, the gag ends with the revenge of the accountant who runs away with the Count’s mother.
  • One of the best in the saga is The second tragic Fantozzi which contains some of the most beautiful gags ever. Here it is really difficult to choose just one scene, but one of the most famous is certainly that of Battleship Kotiomkin (fictional film and parody of Battleship Potemkin) in which the accountant is humiliated by his superior after constantly opposing the usual sentences of praise towards the film.

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    • In Fantozzi against everyone there are some memorable scenes to list and certainly among them is that of meatballs. Here Fantozzi is determined to lose weight and gets help from Dr. Birkermaier, one of the many “bad guys” in the saga. Once he arrives at the weight loss clinic, the accountant is tested with a plate of meatballs that he absolutely cannot touch. The dish is really inviting and the test fails bitterly (and comically) with Fantozzi shoving a meatball into his mouth every time the doctor turns.
    • How can we forget the terrible camper holiday organized by Filini in Fantozzi still suffers? This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful scenes in the film, further enhanced by the meeting with the very hairy Don Giovanni Franchino, the intellectual who conquers all the women in the company.
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      • Closing the top five is a scene from Fantozzi retires. Of this you will surely remember the gag at the cinema when Fantozzi and his wife go to see Le Casalinghe, totally unaware of the fact that it is a red light film. The two find themselves outside the cinema, chased by spectators who can no longer bear the couple’s comments and quarrels.

        Three curiosities about Fantozzi that (perhaps) you still don’t know

        Perhaps someone does not know that the character of Fantozzi before landing on the big screen, had to go from the smaller one. In the 1968in the transmission Those of Sunday, Paolo Villaggio tells for the first time (and in the third person) the catastrophic and comic adventures of the accountant. The second curiosity is connected to this: it is well known that Paolo Villaggio plays Fantozzi, but at first the choice should not have fallen on him. Village had initially thought of his friend Renato Pozzetto as a face for Fantozzi and, when this refused, a Ugo Tognazzi. Too bad (or fortunately if we think in terms of luck) that even the latter did not want to play the role and, in the end, it was up to Villaggio to take on the role of the accountant. Then have you ever wondered how old Fantozzi actually was? Actually his chronological age has never been clarified with certainty. He is initially thought to have been born in 1934, but in the first novel, Villaggio states that the character is over 400 years old and that he has been working for the Megaditta for about 92 years. In the book “Fantozzi against all”, however, the character claims to be 103 years old, but even this information is completely thwarted by the same Fantozzi who particularly likes to joke about his age.

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        Bonus curiosity: what happened to Fantozzi’s daughter?

        Mariangela Fantozzi, better known as the daughter of Fantozzi, was played by two different actors: Plinio Fernando and Maria Cristina Maccà. The latter took on the role of Fantozzi’s daughter only and exclusively for a film because the Tunisian-born actor gave her a voice in all the others. Almost at the end of the saga, Plinio Fernando decided to abandon the role to devote himself entirely to art. Today he is an established artist and many of his works are exhibited in several museums, including the Fitel gallery. Strange to say, but he doesn’t particularly like to talk about his past as an actor and interpreter of Mariangela Fantozzi. To this he much prefers his artistic present which has allowed him to take away a lot of satisfactions.

The best moments of Fantozzi