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Ruggero Maccari (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 September 1960 (Italy) See more »
When a brothel closes because of new laws, four of the prostitutes decide to go into business running a restaurant. They discover they cannot escape their past. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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An "unknown" film that deserves a wider audience. See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Simone Signoret ... Adua Giovannetti

Sandra Milo ... Lolita

Emmanuelle Riva ... Marilina (as Emmanuele Riva)
Gina Rovere ... Caterina Zellero, detta Milly
Claudio Gora ... Ercoli
Ivo Garrani ... L'Avvocato - Adua's ex-customer
Gianrico Tedeschi ... Stefano
Antonio Rais ... Emilio
Duilio D'Amore ... Brother Michele
Valeria Fabrizi ... Fosca (as Valeria Fabrizzi)
Luciana Gilli ... Dora - Piero's lover (as Gloria Gilli)
Enzo Maggio ... Calypso - Stefano's colleague
Roberto Meloni (as Roberto Melone)
Nando Angelini ... (credit only)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Piero Salvagni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfredo Adami ... Customer Friend of Ercoli (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz ... Lady with Striped Suit in the Trattoria (uncredited)
Italia Marchesini ... Giulia - The Servant in the Brothel (uncredited)
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Piero's Friend in the Bar (uncredited)
Domenico Modugno ... Domenico Modugno (uncredited)
Paolo Pietrangeli ... The Son of the Avvocato (uncredited)
Ettore Ribotta ... Piero's Friend in the Bar (uncredited)
Michele Riccardini ... The Yielding Customer in the Trattoria (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Pietrangeli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ruggero Maccari  screenplay
Ruggero Maccari  story
Antonio Pietrangeli  screenplay
Antonio Pietrangeli  story
Tullio Pinelli  screenplay
Ettore Scola  screenplay
Ettore Scola  story

Produced by
Moris Ergas .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Armando Nannuzzi 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
Production Design by
Luigi Scaccianoce 
Set Decoration by
Luigi Scaccianoce 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Makeup Department
Goffredo Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
Production Management
Manolo Bolognini .... production manager
Antonio Negri .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... assistant director
Anna Maria Ceni .... assistant director (as Anna Maria Leone)
Armando Crispino .... assistant director
Art Department
Mario Ravasio .... assistant set decorator
Emilio Zago .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Pietro Ortolani .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alvaro Lanzoni .... assistant camera
Giuseppe Ruzzolini .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Marcella Benvenuti .... assistant editor
Music Department
Piero Piccioni .... conductor
Other crew
Carlo Giovagnorio .... production secretary
Vanda Tuzzi .... script supervisor
Lilla Brignone .... voice dubbing: Simone Signoret (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Emmanuelle Riva (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Luciana Gilli (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Adua and Her Friends" - USA (DVD box title)
"Love à la carte" - USA (informal English title)
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106 min | UK:125 min | Argentina:128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Italy:16+ | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

This is the first time in her career that Sandra Milo dubs herself in a movie. Previously she had been dubbed by other actresses such as Rosetta Calavetta and Lidia Simoneschi.See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
An "unknown" film that deserves a wider audience., 14 November 2000
Author: joehardy-2 from San Francisco Bay Area

Here is a wonderful example of Italian realism from 1960 that I'd never heard of until this week--and I'm 65 years old and a big fan of this genre. It was shown in San Francisco as the only "classic" film in a festival of recent Italian cinema. It deserves a wider audience. How can a film that stars Simone Signoret and Marcello Mastroianni remain so obscure? This story of four prostitutes forced to fend for themselves when a new law closes the bordellos of Rome reminds one of "Bicycle Thief" or "The Organizer," in its gritty social realism, but there are scenes of happiness and humor too. They pool their savings to open a trattoria, but find they cannot get a license. A prominent fixer with connections obtains the license for them, on condition that they conduct their old business upstairs and pay him an exorbitant monthly fee. The women are not anxious to turn tricks for a living any longer and find joy in running the restaurant. The women long to settle down--one has a child, another meets a man who loves her. Only one is tempted to return to her old life. Signoret, the major character here and as wonderful as ever, falls for Mastroianni, a glib car salesman, hustler and womanizer. While the trattoria is a success, it does not bring in the kind of money demanded by their "patron," which leads to conflict. The resolutions of their individual stories develop alongside that of their collective story. In this genre, happy endings are not a staple. Grim reality is, however. We can feel great sympathy for these women, but we know that such people are too often bound by destiny, given the realities of power--who has it and who hasn't--and the attitudes of society. All this drama is accompanied by a terrific jazz soundtrack, which is unfortunately not credited. The black-and-white cinematography is first rate. The closing scene in the rain ranks among the all-time unforgettable film endings.

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