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YMMV / Don Camillo

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Many people know Don Camillo and Peppone only from the Fernandel/Gino Cervi movies, which is one of the reasons why they say the stories are set in Brescello, because that is what the place is called in the films, and the real-life town of Brescello is where the films were shot. In the short stories and books, even those written after the first films came out, the town is never named, and it appears to be a composite of a number of places in the Po valley.
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  • Foe Yay: Just watch how Don Camillo and Peppone look at each other sometimes...
  • Values Dissonance: The stories are set, for the most part, in the 1940s and 1950s, in rural post-World War II Italy. Some of the values presented, especially in the books, haven't aged very well.
    • The frequency with which people beat their children (young and adult alike) and how that doesn't cause the minimal stir among any of the characters can be truly astonishing.
    • In one story, a man hits his fiancee with an iron poker, then proceeds to shave her head to prevent her from participating to a beauty pageant. Her parents approve of this. At the end of the story, the couple still ends up marrying.


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