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Toto Diabolicus

In middle age the Italian comedian Toto bore a marked resemblance to Peter Sellers and shared his versatility as an actor: in this 1962 murder mystery he plays no less than six different characters (a marquis who's knifed in the first reel and the five siblings suspected by the police), and despite the rather obvious disguises, each of them seems believably idiosyncratic. He's funniest as the suave but wicked murder victim, his bawdy sister, and a zealous general who commands a militia of actors for hire. The suspense is played strictly for laughs, likewise the jabs at the church and the decadent aristocracy. Steno directed. 98 min.

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