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Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954)

Cronache di poveri amanti (original title)
In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
Cosetta Greco ...
Bruno Berellini ...
Carlino Bencini
Irene Cefaro ...
Adolfo Consolini ...
Corrado aka Maciste
Alfredo Campolmi
Gabriele Tinti ...
Mario Parigi
Eva Vanicek ...
Bianca Quagliotti
Wanda Capodaglio ...
La Signora
Domenico Maggio ...
(as Mimmo Maggio)
Andrea Petricca ...
Garibaldo Lucii ...
Mario Piloni ...
Osvaldo Liverani


In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of them. When Campolmi is beaten by the fascists, Mario meets Milena, Campolmi's wife, at the hospital and falls in love with her leaving Bianca. Then Maciste is killed, again by the fascists, Ugo is wounded and he seeks shelter in ^ÓSignora^Ô's house. Here he falls in love with Gesuina and the two marry. Campolmi dies, but Mario and Milena part themselves. Later Mario too is arrested by the police. Written by Piergiorgio Romani <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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17 February 1956 (East Germany)  »

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Chronicle of Poor Lovers  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film met with vehement opposition from the Italian government and was banned from export after it received the Special Jury Award at Cannes. See more »

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Half-baked rendition of a good novel
26 July 2003 | by (Somewhere in Italy) – See all my reviews

This movie could probably have been a successful production, if it was realized in a different way, but the emphasis in which nearly all characters are over-stating themselves throughout its length makes it somewhat slow and uninteresting.

As it often happens with adaptation of literary works for the silver screen, the style of this movie is rather different from that of the novel from which is taken, but the atmosphere of the working-class neighborhood in the Florence of mid-1920s is quite well rendered.

The cast too is full of very good players, both famous or soon-to-be famous, like Mastroianni, Ferrero, Lualdi and Greco, and remarkable features by some lesser known but noteworthy presences such as Giuliano Montaldo (which later will acquire his own fame as movie director), and Wanda Capodaglio, unrivaled queen of the Italian stage for nearly 50 years, who plays the unnamed "Lady Loanshark".

Adolfo Consolini, a famous Italian athlete, twice world record holder and 1948 Olympic champion of discus throw, very appropriately lends his well-built body to the character of Maciste.

The only action sequence of this movie, with Ugo and Maciste trying to reach the houses of some anti-fascists and warn them before the violent mob gets there first, is very nailing and well made. Too bad the rest of the movie is not as entertaining as it could have been.

If you are interested in the history of Italian movies and contemporary literature, try watching this one, but only after reading the novel.

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