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Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

 -  Drama  -  May 1954 (USA)
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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her ... See full summary »

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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her boss's home who invites her to fly to Venice in his private plane. Frances, who has been in Rome for 15 years as the secretary of a successful American writer who talks a lot like George Bernard Shaw and is just as elusive as Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," tells her at first to say "no" and then decides that together they can handle the man nicknamed the predatory prince. Coins tossed in the Trevi Fountain can indeed work magic. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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You've Never Lived Until You've Loved in Rome!

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Drei Münzen im Brunnen  »

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Although the movie title refers to three coins only two coins are actually thrown into the fountain. See more »

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At the beginning of the final scene at the Trevi fountain, the fountain is dry and being cleaned. While the actors are there, the fountain begins flowing again. However, when the actors leave, the fountain is completely full, not a possibility given the size of the fountain and the period of time over which the scene occurs. See more »

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[Walking down a street in Rome, Maria gets a pinch from a fresh young Italian man]
Maria Williams: Anita, somebody pinched me.
Anita Hutchins: Don't look back. It's considered an encouragement. Pretend you didn't notice.
Anita Hutchins: Are you kidding? I'll kick him right in his antipasto!
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O ciucciariello
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Nino Oliviero
Lyrics by Roberto Murolo
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brilliantly metaphorical
17 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst ignoring the glossy subject matter of the film, this is a great satire on how America views Europe, and how that view is perceived by Europeans: the American characters are parochial and surprised whenever another fellow countryman displays any culture, whilst the European characters are all stereotypically over-sexed, over-stylised and painfully cultured. This film is about as European as "Happy Days" relates to the reality of life in America. Everyone lives in huge flats/houses, and the outside scenes look like they were filmed at 6 in the morning... if you've ever been to any European city, then you'll know that it's a lot busier and bustling than depicted here in the superbly photographed location shots. As usual, Europe is seen as living in the past, with all that funny sounding food and affected cultural idiosyncrasies, the buildings are all pre-historic, crumbling and steeped in shadow, the general public are depicted as being wolfish and spending most of their time pinching girls or riding around on scooters. It appears to be a "nouvelle vague" film, made for non-European audiences, as a joke at the expense of that audience. Look under the initial fluff, and there is quite a witty and biting satire on cultural mores.


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