Vittorio de Sica's "Il Boom" never before released in the U.S. now is at the Film Forum. (1963) Amidst Italy's "economic miracle" ("il boom") of the early 1960s, everybody's dancing to Chubby Checker's "The Twist" . . . and getting filthy rich - everyone except archetypal Everyman loser Alberto Sordi (the great star of "Mafioso", "The White Sheik") who's in hock to his eyeballs. And everyone in Rome seems to know it, except his beloved status-proud wife Gianna Maria Canale. Biting satire made even blacker by Piero Piccioni's persistently perky score. 88 minutes English subtitles.
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