002 operazione Luna (1965)

Italy, Spain [“un co-produzione Italo-Spagnola”],
90m,
35mm film, black and white,
mono, Italian

An Italian/Spanish science fiction comedy directed by Lucio Fulci and starring the popular Italian comedy duo Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.

Plot Summary

A Russian craft disappears in space. To save face, the KGB kidnap a pair of dim-witted , Franco and Ciccio, hoping to launch them into space and when they return to Earth pass them off as their missing . But when the real space travellers unexpectedly return, things start to get very confusing for all involved.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Lucio Fulci
© [not given]
IMA Film Roma, Ágata Film – Madrid
Production Manager: Dino Di Salvo
Screenplay and Story: Vittorio Metz, Amedeo Sollazzo
Assistant Director: Giovanni Fago
Script Supervisor: Filiberto Fiaschi
Director of Photography: Tino Santoni
Camera Operator: Giovanni Bergamini
Stills Photographer: Enrico Appetito
Editor: Pedro del Rey
Negatives/Prints: S.P.E.S., director: E. Catalucci
Music by: Lallo Gori
Directed by the composer
Music Publishers: Nazional Music
Sound: Mario Ronchetti, Massimo Jaboni
Dubbing Studio: C.D.C.
Costumes: Nedo Azzini
Makeup Artist: Andrea Riva
Optical Effects: S.P.E.S., director: E. Catalucci
Art Director: Adolfo Cofiño
Assistant Set Decorators: Francesco Bronzi, Giuseppe Cesare Monello
Studios: Cinecittà Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy [uncredited]

Cast
Franco Franchi [Franco/Colonel Paradowsky]
Ciccio Ingrassia [Ciccio/Major Borovin]
Linda Sini [Leonidova]
María Silva
Mónica Randal [Mishca Paradowsky]
Hélène Sedlak
Emilio Rodríguez
Chiro Bermejo
Ignazio Leone [Sergio]
Franco Morici
Enzo Andronico [Ivan]
Piero Morgia
Pasquale Zangaria [policeman]

Alternative Titles

Dos cosmonautas a la fuerza – Spanish title
Praktores 002, epiheirisis Selini – Greek title

Extracts included in
Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano – La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio (2004)

References

Periodicals

  • Film Ideal no.214-215 (1969) p.397 – credits

Books

  • The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.4 – illustrated credits, note
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.111 – credits