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CINEAPERITIVO > The King of Laughter (Qui rido io)

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to introduce CINEAPERITIVO, a new film series featuring Italian contemporary cinema accompanied by an aperitivo and light refreshments.

The series opens with Mario Martone’s The King of Laughter (Qui rido io).

NOTE: The event date has changed to February 15, 2023, 6:30 PM.



Free Admission | Registration required

This event is fully booked.


QUI RIDO IO (The King of Laughter)

Dir.: Mario Martone
Italy/Spain ‧ 2021 ‧ Drama/Biopic ‧ 2h 13m
Starring: Toni Servillo, Maria Nazionale, Cristiana Dell’Anna, Antonia Truppo, Eduardo Scarpetta (II)
In Neapolitan with English subtitles



At the beginning of the 20th century, in Belle Époque Naples, theatres and the cinema were thriving. The great comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta was the king of the box office. Of humble origin, he made his reputation with his comedies and the character of Felice Sciosciammocca. The theatre was his life and around the theatre gravitated the whole of his peculiar family, composed of wives, partners, lovers and legitimate and illegitimate children, including Titina, Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo. In 1904, at the height of his popularity, Scarpetta took a great risk: he staged a parody of La figlia di Iorio, a tragedy written by the greatest Italian poet of the day, Gabriele D’Annunzio. The evening of its première in the theatre all hell broke loose: the performance was interrupted by boos and catcalls and Scarpetta ended up being sued for plagiary by D’Annunzio himself. It was the beginning of the first ever lawsuit on copyright in Italy. The years that the case took would be draining for him and his whole family. Everything in Scarpetta’s life seemed to be falling apart, but with the act of a great thespian he would take his fate into his own hands and win in the end.
In Neapolitan/Italian with English subtitles.



Mario Martone is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He has directed more than 30 films since 1985. His film L’amore molesto, based on Elena Ferrante’s eponimous book, was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. His 2010 film Noi credevamo competed for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. He was also the stage director for Lorenzo Ferrero’s opera Charlotte Corday, which was premiered at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma on 21 February 1989. His 2014 film Leopardi has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. His latest movie Nostalgia has been nominated to represent Italy at the Academy Awards 2023.





  • Organizzato da: Italian Cultural Institute SF