Presented in a restored print and hailed as a rediscovered masterpiece of black comedy, Alberto Lattuada’s 1962 Mafiosio tells the story of a Sicilian who returns to his village after having made good up north. Played by Alberto Sordi (The White Sheik, I Vitelloni), the poor man and his Milanese wife and children have to face many fish-out-of-water jokes involving Sicilian food, marital beds in the center of the living room, and hairy sisters, before his past catches up with him in the shape of the local Don. Despite the film’s winning tone and a fine comic performance by Sordi, I’ll confess to being underwhelmed by both the humor and the plot, which plays out just as expected.

Mafioso. Alberto Lattuada, 1962. **

[tags]film, 2 stars, italy, sicily, mafia, black comedy[/tags]