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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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Did You Know?

Italian censorship visa # 15341 delivered on 13-11-1953.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Lady Without Camelias (1953)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Very well done, 15 August 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I saw L'Amore in Citta as part of my Fellini quest. And I have to say that I found the film very interesting. Separated into five segments by five different directors, it is charming, sometimes heart breaking and I was always intrigued. All the segments are filmed absolutely beautifully especially Fellini's and Lattuada's. The music is always great, ranging from nostalgic(Rissi), bright(Fellini, though nostalgic comes under him also) and poetic(Lattuada). Of the segments my personal favourite is Lattuada's, especially for the beautiful scoring and the poetic ending. Rissi's is also very charming, very simple story but beautiful everywhere else. My least favourite, though still good, is Zavattini's, I love the climax which is very touching, as is the scene with the mother on the edge of the fountain, but found the very ending jarring compared with the scene before it and the rest of the neorealistic feel of the segment. Antonioni's documentary-like approach is interesting and the interviews are fascinating, not just the subject matter but also what there is to say. I saw L'Amore in Citta for Fellini, and apart from an ending that I think could have had more to it he doesn't disappoint. The beautiful visuals, deliberate pacing, nostalgic yet mystical story telling and colourful music are all there, and Fellini's poetic and quite ambitious style is as distinctive as you would expect. All in all, a very well done film. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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