Eduardo Scarpetta Biographical Film
Long before current celebrity scandals & tabloid journalism, there was The King of Laughter, Italian theater actor Eduardo Scarpetta.
The new biopic about his personal life and career are informative and entertaining.
Some things were obviously very different in the early 1900’s, but there are also similarities that remind us of our shared humanity.
I have to wonder what it would be like for Eduardo Scarpetta to be living in our modern digital age.
Release Date 2/14/23
Naples, 1904: Italian theatre is thriving, and comic actor, Eduardo Scarpetta is the box office king.
Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life.
Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta’s home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family.
At the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio.
Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy.
Despite legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great thespians of Italian theater.
Italian with English Subtitles
Official Trailer: The King of Laughter
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