L’Emigrante (film di Pasquale Festa Campanile del 1973)

Dopo SERAFINO, ER PIÙ e RUGANTINO, Celentano suggella la saga dei suoi personaggi popolani con L’EMIGRANTE, film diretto da Pasquale Festa Campanile già regista per Adriano nello stesso anno di RUGANTINO.

Napoli, inizio del novecento: Saturnino Cavallo parte in cerca di lavoro per l’America lasciando moglie e figlio, tuttavia di lui non si avranno più notizie. All’inizio degli anni venti Peppino, il figlio, decide di andarlo a cercare ma la dogana gli nega il visto di partenza per non aver assolto il servizio militare, cosa che non lo scoraggia e, deciso più di prima, si imbarca clandestino e addirittura vestito da donna. Durante il viaggio conosce Rosita Flores, una cantante al servizio di un Capoccia della mafia, che “la” assume come cameriera scoprendone in seguito l’identità maschile facendolo trarre in arresto, ma la stessa ne capirà le ragioni convincendo Don Nicolone Salento a liberarlo. Peppino per ringraziarlo diventa un suo scagnozzo, soprattutto perché ormai innamorato di Rosita, ma un tale di nome Ralph un giorno gli consegna una foto con la quale scopre che suo padre fu ucciso proprio da Salento. Cavallo allora infuriato si reca dal “Don” per giustiziarlo ma al suo cospetto desiste, un’occasione imperdibile per Ralph che lo fredda prendendone anche il posto. A quel punto sull’arma del delitto vengono rinvenute le impronte di Peppino, ora braccato dalla polizia e inevitabilmente arrestato ma, quando sembra tutto perduto, Ralph ne organizza l’evasione imbarcandolo per l’Italia.

Tra rinuncia, vendetta, avventura e amore il duo Festa Campanile/Celentano piazza un titolo scolpito nella memoria e nell’immaginazione dei cinefili.

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