The Overcoat

Director: Alberto Lattuada
Year Released: 1952
Rating: 2.5

Bumbling government clerk Carmine (Renato Rascel) not only has to deal with the insults from his coworkers - and the slimy Mayor doesn't like him either - but his coat is badly ripped and he needs a new one: after spending a small fortune for a bespoke overcoat, he becomes more popular, that is until he's mugged on a bridge and the garment is stolen from him.  This is a mostly functional - if unimaginative - adaptation of the justly famous Nikolai Gogol short story: Carmine has a massive (and quite over-the-top) psychotic break following the mugging, dies, and then enacts his revenge on the town as a mischievous ghost.  No one will ever confuse Lattuada with Fellini, De Sica, Visconti, Monicelli etc., and any possible strengths in the movie come from the Russian novelist, not the director (or his six other co-screenwriters).