Un americano a Roma (film di Steno del 1954)

“Maccarone m’hai provocato e io ti distruggo adesso, maccarone! Io me te magno…”. Anche le più recenti generazioni hanno visto la scena esaltata da questa celebre frase pronunciata da Nando Mericoni/Alberto Sordi in UN AMERICANO A ROMA, film di Steno del 1954.

L’approdo dell’esercito americano in Italia nel 1944 è entrato nell’immaginario collettivo dei giovani, tra cui Nando che decide di portare lo stile di vita statunitense nella sua vita auto nominandosi Santi Bailor. Dopo alcune disavventure lo sgangherato “americano”, sentendosi frustrato un giorno vedendo la locandina del film LA 14MA ORA cui un personaggio minaccia di lanciarsi nel vuoto, sale in cima al Colosseo minacciando il gesto estremo se qualcuno non lo aiuterà a realizzare il suo sogno di andare in America. Interverrà l’ambasciatore americano in persona convincendolo a venir giù in cambio di un lavoro nella terra dei suoi sogni, promessa subdola in quanto fatta da una vittima di una sua avventata indicazione stradale, che lo aggredisce spedendolo in ospedale. Il medico rassicura i familiari di Mericoni che si riprenderà perdendo la fisima americana, ma in chiusura la voce fuori campo del protagonista accenna parole in un improbabile americano, cancellando la parola fine e scrivendo “the end” in un geniale e ironico epilogo.

Il personaggio reso celebre dal mattatore Sordi era apparso già in UN GIORNO IN PRETURA creato da Lucio Fulci, aiuto regista e co-sceneggiatore di UN AMERICANO A ROMA, e tornerà nel 1975 in DI CHE SEGNO SEI?. Carlo Verdone ha ripreso la scena degli spaghetti nel suo classico BOROTALCO, mentre la 18enne Ursula Andress appare nel ruolo di Astrid Sjostrom. Il capolavoro di Steno vola con la sua comicità genuina, spontanea, filtrando una satira efficace sull’Italia della rinascita dopo il secondo conflitto mondiale, mettendo al centro dell’attenzione il mito americano conosciuto fino ad allora solo attraverso il cartaceo e il grande schermo grazie a un Sordi, simpatica canaglia ed improbabile americano con un linguaggio farina del suo sacco.

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