Cinema: Quick Cuts

ALFREDO ALFREDO has Dustin Hoffman looking squirrelly and speaking Italian. More exactly, it is spoken for him, in a dubbed voice that is not synchronized to his lip movements but superimposed on them. Robbing an actor of his voice is like chopping off an acrobat's legs. Hoffman remains undaunted, even though watching him is like seeing Jerry Mahoney doing a solo act.

The movie, which is divertingly diabolical, is the work of Pietro Germi, who once again (as in Divorce, Italian Style) makes social slapstick out of Italian law. Hoffman appears as a shy...

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