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26 November 1953 (Italy) See more »
You see love as it really is...RAW! REVEALING! SHOCKING! See more »
Six separate episodes: would-be suicides discuss their despair. A provincial dance hall. An investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. A young unwed mother. Girl-watching techniques of Italian men. A glimpse into prostitution. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Rita Josa ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Rosanna Carta ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Enrico Pelliccia ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Donatella Marrosu ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Paolo Pacetti ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Nella Bertuccioni ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Lilia Nardi ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Lena Rossi ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Maria Nobili ... (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Antonio Cifariello ... Giornalista (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Livia Venturini ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Maresa Gallo ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Angela Pierro ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Rita Andreana ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Lia Natali ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Cristina Grado ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Ilario Malaschini ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Sue Ellen Blake ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Silvio Lillo ... (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Caterina Rigoglioso ... (segment "Storia di Caterina")
Mara Berni ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Valeria Moriconi ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")

Giovanna Ralli ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")

Ugo Tognazzi ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Patrizia Lari ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Raimondo Vianello ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Edda Evangelista ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Liana Poggiali ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Marisa Valenti ... (segment "Gli Italiani si voltano")
Maria Pia Trepaoli ... (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")

Marco Ferreri ... (segment "Gli Italiani si voltano")
Mario Bonotti ... (segment "Gli Italiani si voltano")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luisella Boni

Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni (segment "Tentato suicido")
Federico Fellini (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Alberto Lattuada (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Carlo Lizzani (segment "Amore che si paga, L'")
Francesco Maselli (segment "Storia di Caterina")
Dino Risi (segment "Paradiso per 3 ore")
Cesare Zavattini (segment "Storia di Caterina") (collaboration)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michelangelo Antonioni  segment "Tentato suicidio"
Aldo Buzzi  segments "Tentato suicidio", "Gli Italiani si voltano", "Amore che si paga, L'" and "Paradiso per 3 ore"
Luigi Chiarini  segments "Tentato suicidio", "Gli Italiani si voltano" and "Amore che si paga, L'"
Federico Fellini  segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'"
Marco Ferreri  segment "Paradiso per 3 ore"
Alberto Lattuada  segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli"
Luigi Malerba  segments "Tentato suicidio", "Gli Italiani si voltano", "Amore che si paga, L'" and "Paradiso per 3 ore"
Tullio Pinelli  segments "Tentato suicidio", "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'", "Italiani si voltano, Gli", "Amore che si paga, L'" and "Paradiso per 3 ore"
Dino Risi  segment "Amore che si paga, L'"
Dino Risi  story (segment "Paradiso per 3 ore")
Vittorio Veltroni  segments "Tentato suicidio", "Gli Italiani si voltano", "Amore che si paga, L'" and "Paradiso per 3 ore"
Cesare Zavattini  segments "Tentato suicidio", "Gli Italiani si voltano", "Storia di Caterina", "Amore che si paga, L'" and "Paradiso per 3 ore"

Produced by
Marco Ferreri .... producer
Riccardo Ghione .... producer
Cesare Zavattini .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
Production Design by
Gianni Polidori 
Makeup Department
Raimondo Van Riel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Giuseppe Lo Prete .... production supervisor
Alfredo Mirabile .... general manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aldo Buzzi .... assistant director (segment "Amore che si paga, L'")
Francesco Degli Espinosa .... assistant director (segment "Tentato suicidio")
Otto Pellegrini .... assistant director (segment "Paradiso per 4 ore")
Pier Paolo Piccinato .... assistant director (segment "Agenzia matrimoniale, Un'")
Gillo Pontecorvo .... assistant director (segment "Storia di Caterina")
Luigi Vanzi .... assistant director (segment "Italiani si voltano, Gli")
Art Department
Enrico Magretti .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Mario Messina .... sound engineer
Giovanni Paris .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Erico Menczer .... camera operator
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Other crew
Gloria Lunel .... script supervisor
Giovanni Santinelli .... production secretary
Enrico Scamardi .... production secretary
Vincenzo Vincenzi .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'amore in città" - Italy (original title)
"Attempted Suicide" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Italians Stare" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Marriage Agency" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Paid Love" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Paradise for 3 Hours" - International (English title) (segment title)
"Story of Caterina" - International (English title) (segment title)
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105 min | West Germany:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Italian censorship visa # 15341 delivered on 13-11-1953.See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Omnibus film in the Neorealist vein, 18 February 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

That was the intent, anyway. Cesare Zavattini produced the film and brought together five directors to make short films about love. The results are all good, but none of them great. They all have problems. To add to this problem, the version that I saw had English narration in the prologue and in the inter-segments, and sometimes in the short films themselves. I don't know if anything was edited out.

Part 1 (d. Dino Risi): This segment is a charming little film about the people in a dance hall. It has no real story. Instead, we see couples connect, people alone, and couples break up. It's very nice.

Part 2 (d. Michelangelo Antonioni): Of course, I saw the film for the Antonioni and Fellini segments. They're two of my very favorite filmmakers. Antonioni's is quite interesting. It is the most documentary-like segment. I don't know if it's true, but the narration claims that they gathered together a group of people who had attempted suicide over failed relationships. Two women tell their stories in an interview format. It's quite good.

Part 3 (d. Federico Fellini): At first, this looks like it will be the best of the film. The opening sequence, with the main character wandering through the narrow hallways of a Roman apartment building looking for a matrimonial service (the equivalent of a dating service). A young child tells him that he will lead him to that room, and as they proceed, other children show up and follow them. That's a very mystical scene, but what follows is very disappointing. The man claims that he's looking for a wife for his friend, who happens to be a werewolf. This segment is the one that hints that there might have been some editing in the version that I watched. This man is introduced to the girl, they have a conversation in a field, and then the man, I guess, tells her that she is too good to do so. The result is nonsensical. There is absolutely no payoff. Actually, the weak ending reminds me a lot of the segment Fellini wrote for Roberto Rosselini's Paisa.

Part 4 (d. Mesallini Zavattini): I assume Zavattini is related to Cesare, probably his brother or son. Anyhow, this segment is most in-line with the neorealistic movement, which was dying by the time this film was made. A Sicilian woman went to Rome to find maid work. Her first employer impregnates her and then fires her. Now she's stuck with a young boy but no money whatsoever. She tries to scam a nanny into taking care of the kid, but he is eventually given back to her. There is a beautiful scene where the mother changes her sons diaper on the edge of a fountain. This scene's real-time realism is reminiscent of the maid's morning duties in Vittorio de Sica's Umberto D., made shortly after this film and written by Cesare Zavattini. The climactic scene is truly heartbreaking, but the end is horribly anticlimactic. This film really shouldn't have had a happy ending. Neorealism and happy endings really don't mix.

Part 5 (d. Alberto Lattuada): Lattuada is most famous for co-directing with Fellini on his first film, Variety Lights. His segment in Love in the City is perhaps the best of the film. It has no story at all. Instead, it is a non-narrative compilation of the reactions of men when they see beautiful woman. The editing reminded me of Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia. It's quite musical. In fact, the music of this segment is really good. The film ends on a very poetic moment.

All in all, you should see the film if you're a fan of Italian cinema, or just of Antonioni or Fellini. 7/10.

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