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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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(Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 16 seconds (including opening Sinatra travelogue montage). See more »

Goofs

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; 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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John Frederick Shadwell: These girls in love never realize that they should be honestly dishonest instead of being dishonestly honest.
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Largo Al Factotum
(1816) (uncredited)
from "Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Excerpt sung at the opera
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Fountains and magic
1 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lighten up, boys and girls! You must allow the director to display irony and fun in a feel-good movie in Rome not long after the fall of fascism! And how exotic it must have appeared to most of the world's population who at that time had not travelled abroad.

It does make you wonder how those secretaries could afford those glamorous clothes, and be so close to princes and movers and shakers of post-war Rome. Perhaps a gentle poke at role reversal?

One of the best tunes ever written, wonderful locations, and I don't care a damn about the Trevi fountain behaving inconsistently - that is the nature of fountains, and in Rome they are all drenched in magic!


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