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Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Unrated | | Drama | May 1954 (USA)
Three American woman working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance.

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Three American women, rooming together while working abroad in Rome, Italy, hope for romance and marriage. Frances, oldest of the three, has been fifteen years a secretary to novelist John Frederick Shadwell, a man whom she loves but whose reclusive nature prompts most people to believe him long since dead. Anita, one week away from returning to America (under the claim of getting married), finally bucks company rules (and gets caught) by finally accepting an invitation from an Italian co-worker to visit his family's farm for his sister's wedding. Newly arrived Maria soon sets her generally innocent eyes on Dino di Cessi, an actual prince with a reputation for womanizing, and makes a play for him by making herself his perfect match. Written by statmanjeff

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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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2.55 : 1
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The first motion picture filmed in CinemaScope outside of the United States. Prior to beginning principal shooting, 20th Century-Fox studio execs warned producer Sol C. Siegel and director Jean Negulesco that they would have a difficult time with the new film format away from the controlled settings of the studio. Siegel and Negulesco solved this dilemma by simply taking the studio's entire technical crew along to Rome. See more »

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At the farm, the large round loaf of bread can be seen to have been precut before Giogio's cousin picks it up to cut off a slice. See more »

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John Frederick Shadwell: Why can't women play the game properly? Everyone knows that in love affairs only the man has the right to lie.
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Anima e Core
(1950) (uncredited)
Music by Salvatore Esposito
(This song was sung at the hillside picnic near the home of Giorgio when he took Anita to meet his parents.)
I have corrected the spelling of the title of this song, and I have corrected the composer's name and the Songwriter's name. Your automatic system would not allow me to correct the songwriter's name which should be: Domenico Titomanlio.
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Picturesque, Usually Pleasant, But Very Insubstantial
16 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie that's most suitable for occasions when you just want something nice to look at, without having to pay much attention and without needing to worry about anything that might jar the senses. It's very picturesque, with many sequences set in interesting and attractive Italian settings. The characters, cast, and story are all innocuous, but they are never especially interesting.

The title sequence is very enjoyable, with the Sinatra song accompanied by many excellent views of Rome. But it sets the expectations a little too high, since the rest of the movie is rather commonplace in all respects other than the settings. The cast is solid, but none of them really get the kind of character that allows them to stand out. The story is pleasant and sometimes enjoyable, but is too often bland, predictable, and/or implausible.

It's still a decent way to pass the time if your expectations aren't too high. It would probably have been a little better if it were a bit shorter, since there is just not enough story material to fill the whole running time without it becoming too noticeable.


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