The Two Colonels | Chicago Reader

The Two Colonels

The humor of Italian comedian Toto always thrived on regional and class differences, and this 1963 military satire, set in occupied Greece during World War II, gives him plenty of ammunition. He plays a bumbling but pompous colonel engaged in a battle of wits against his British counterpart (Walter Pidgeon) for control of a village; the foot soldiers and villagers are pawns in their game, always persevering but taking every opportunity to deflate the officers' pretensions. The quality of Toto's shtick varies wildly—though he's funnier than Pidgeon, who struggles to deliver his Italian dialogue with the requisite stiff upper lip. Steno directed. 104 min.

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