The Return of Don Camillo

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The Return of Don Camillo
-Il ritorno di Don Camillo-
File:Giovannino Guareschi e Fernandel sul set a Brescello.jpg
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Produced by Giuseppe Amato
Written by Giovanni Guareschi (story)
René Barjavel
Julien Duvivier
Giuseppe Amato
Starring Fernandel
Gino Cervi
Édouard Delmont
Paolo Stoppa
Narrated by Emilio Cigoli
Music by Alessandro Cicognini
Cinematography Anchise Brizzi
Edited by Marthe Poncin
Release dates
5 June 1953
Running time
115 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Return of Don Camillo (Italian: Il ritorno di Don Camillo) is a 1953 French-Italian comedy film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Fernandel, Gino Cervi and Édouard Delmont.[1] The film's sets were designed by Virgilio Marchi. It was the second of five films featuring Fernandel as the Italian priest Don Camillo and his struggles with Giuseppe 'Peppone' Bottazzi the Communist Mayor of their rural town.


Don Camillo is exiled by Peppone, the communist mayor of a small mountain town named Brescello. But the mayor has problems with the citizens of the town, who want Camillo back as parish priest. In addition, a flood threatens to destroy Brescello and its environs. So Peppone calls back the priest, and he tries to raise the money needed to prevent damage from the imminent flood. However, delays occur and the flood devastates the area. Don Camillo is forced to leave again.



  1. Moliterno p.80


  • Moliterno, Gino. The A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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