A Dog’s Life (still), 1950

Mario Monicelli and Steno
A Dog’s Life (still)
Film, black and white, sound
108 minutes
Courtesy of Films Sans Frontières

Booking information

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This film follows the mischievous antics of variety show cast members as they perform in different Italian cities. As the film proceeds, the characters reveal their inner desires and ambitions.

This film is considered a commedia all’italiana, an Italian genre that combines comedy and tragedy, pleasure and misery. In a 1999 interview with Donato Totaro for Offscreen, director Mario Monicelli explained the appeal of this genre: ‘The themes that make one laugh always stem from poverty, hunger, misery, old age, sickness and death. These are the themes that make Italians laugh, anyway.’

Screening information

A Dog’s Life (1950)
Directors: Mario Monicelli and Steno
Narrative | 108 minutes
Italian with English and Arabic subtitles

Presented by Sharjah Art Foundation, this film is part of the Autumn Cinema Series, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stage productions. The other films in the series are Gold Diggers of 1933 and To Live to Sing.

Details about the full programme can be found here.

All film screenings begin at 8.30 pm in Sharjah Art Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Art Spaces.