Two Cents Worth of Hope

Two Cents Worth of Hope
(Due Soldi di Speranza)
Directed by Renato Castellani
Produced by Sandro Ghenzi
Written by Renato Castellani
Titina De Filippo
Starring Maria Fiore
Vincenzo Musolino
Music by Alessandro Cicognini
Nino Rota[1]
Cinematography Arturo Gallea
Distributed by Les Films Marceau (France)
Times Film Corporation (United States)
Release dates
Running time
110 min.
Language Italian

Two Cents Worth of Hope (Italian: Due soldi di speranza) is a 1952 film directed by Renato Castellani.

It shared the Grand Prix prize with the film Othello at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film is the third in director Castellani's "Young Love" trilogy (the first two were Sotto il sole di Roma (1948) and È primavera...(1950)). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart's desire. Once he's "hooked," Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.



  1. Nino Rota: Filmography Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Two Cents Worth of Hope". Retrieved 2009-01-17.

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