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26 November 1953 (Italy) See more »
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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 »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

As well as directing one of the segments, Cesare Zavattini also co-wrote five of them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Magic of Fellini (2002) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
worthwhile though now dated effort, 29 October 2007
Author: opusv5 from Ottawa, Canada

This film is included in Parker Tyler's "Classics of the Foreign Film," a seminal book published in the 1960s (perhaps updated since then). I saw it for the first time recently through a videotape available at a local university. The film captures aspects of 1950s Rome fairly well, the best segment concerning a Sicilian woman who, having a baby boy out of wedlock, cannot pay for the child's care due to her inability to obtain work. Out of desperation she abandons the child in a park. He is rescued and taken to an orphanage where she tracks him down, admitting to being his mother. Though she is arrested for abandoning the child, the public and court absolve her of guilt due to understanding the situation she had been in. She then becomes a nurse to care for children. If only life had been/was like that. This segment certainly wins in depicting the difficulty of illegitimacy in those days, especially in a very traditional society. Then again, Italian and European cinema were more mature about such things than was Hollywood.

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