A Very Handy Man


1h 35m 1966

Film Details

Also Known As
Liolà
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Dec 1966
Production Company
Federiz; Francinex; Franco London Film; Napoleon Film
Distribution Company
Rizzoli Film Distributors
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Liolà by Luigi Pirandello (Rome, 4 Nov 1916).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Synopsis

Liolà, a carefree bachelor, works as a handyman in the Sicilian village of Lentini[?] where he has fathered five children born to five different women. His peaceful life is disrupted when he becomes involved in a village feud between the Azzara and the Palumbo families. Tuzza Azzara, one of Liolà's old conquests, visits him at old Simone Palumbo's house, where he is working, and by claiming to be pregnant by him, persuades him to divert some of Simone's water to her orange groves. Simone, the chief landowner of the village, forces Liolà to remedy the situation, and this time both families lose their water. The case is brought to court, and Tuzza, now genuinely pregnant by Liolà, is confident that he will take her side. When he remains indifferent, Tuzza visits Simone, whose pride has been wounded by the failure of his young wife, Mita, to bear him an heir, and she suggests that he pose as the father of the unborn child. Tuzza believes that in this way the feud will be settled, and the entire village will assume that Mita is responsible for the barrenness of her marriage with Simone. After beating and insulting Mita, Simone sends her away. Liolà visits her, and, after consoling each other for the injuries they have suffered, they make love. Mita soon becomes pregnant, to the delight of her deceived husband, while Liolà gains the satisfaction of maintaining his freedom, gaining revenge against Simone and Tuzza, and fathering two more illegitimate children.

Film Details

Also Known As
Liolà
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Dec 1966
Production Company
Federiz; Francinex; Franco London Film; Napoleon Film
Distribution Company
Rizzoli Film Distributors
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Liolà by Luigi Pirandello (Rome, 4 Nov 1916).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Released in Italy in 1964 as Liolà.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in Italy 1964

Released in United States December 14, 1966

Released in United States Winter December 14, 1966

b&w

dialogue Italian

subtitled

Shot in 1963.

Released in Italy 1964

Released in United States December 14, 1966 (New York City)

Released in United States Winter December 14, 1966