Cast & Crew
Restless since the end of the war, Giulio Ceriana has gone from job to job consumed by his quest for success; neither his attractive and devoted wife, Laura, nor his friend Sergio can detract him from his goal. While employed by a real estate firm, he finds plans for a residential development on Sardinia. Realizing that a fortune could be made through land speculation, he goes to the island and purchases a large tract of land with a post-dated check and a promissory note. To raise the money, he turns to a bank, a private lender, his brother-in-law, a government official, and a cardinal; finally he persuades his aged father to sell the family's farm. Meanwhile, his employer learns of Giulio's underhanded dealings, and he is dismissed from his job. Undaunted, he adds his severance pay to the money from the sale of the farm and continues his frantic search for more capital. Aware of the disintegration of Giulio's character, Laura and Sergio eventually end their relationships with him. By the end of 2 years, Giulio is a successful and wealthy man, but his life of luxury has resulted in loneliness, a broken marriage, an ended friendship, and the broken heart of his father.
Maria Grazia Spina
Opened in Rome in September 1963; running time: 110 min.