Il Bidone ★★★★

One of those rare films from a great director that is actually underrated. My memory of La Strada and The Nights of Cabiria is somewhat dim, but Il Bodine seemed superior to those two films.
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An unusually structured film that starts out with a focus on three characters, and then as the story progresses some of the characters peel off and we are finally left with just one character's story.
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This is a story of con men/shysters that are at the margins of their "profession", let alone the margins of society. Richard Basehart is very good as the married hustler with dreams of being a painter, and Broderick Crawford is also good as the older con man that is going nowhere and knows it.