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Rome Adventure (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 21 April 1962 (USA)
Prudence resigns from her teaching position after being criticized for giving a student her copy of a romance novel. She sails for Italy, takes a job at a small bookstore in Rome, and meets... See full summary »

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Prudence resigns from her teaching position after being criticized for giving a student her copy of a romance novel. She sails for Italy, takes a job at a small bookstore in Rome, and meets Don, who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Prudence and Don tour Italy together, and romance naturally follows. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Young love and laughter...on a fancy-free fling in Italy, with the screen's most attractive new personalities in the most glamorous of locales...learning why lovers must learn... See more »

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21 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Lovers Must Learn  »

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Natalie Wood was the first choice to play the female lead of Prudence Bell. She had a writer friend of hers read the script and once he confirmed her fear that it wasn't up to snuff she decided it was a good time to go ahead with a tonsillectomy that she'd been putting off; the part was then given to Suzanne Pleshette. See more »

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Albert Stillwell: Could I ask, just one more question? What was that Italian doing with your, eh, nightgown? Trying to get - fresh?
Prudence Bell: Oh, no. He was just wondering how my body would look in it.
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Referenced in Before Sunrise (1995) See more »

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Al di là
Music by Mogol
Lyrics by Carlo Donida
Performed by Emilio Pericoli
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Why not "Lovers Must Learn" instead of (yawn!) "Rome Adventure"?
30 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Never understood why this nondescript title was used for the American release of this piece of prime Delmer Daves eye candy. Certainly "Lovers Must Learn" says it all when it comes to the unrelenting emphasis on relatively discreet sex and romance-novel plotting that were the prime ingredients of this exercise in audience titillation, before the so-called Sexual Revolution of the late Sixties upended everyone's estimation of what could be shown on the big screen.

Delmer Daves was a master at getting the maximum out of his casts, both the talented and the merely decorative. I recall being highly entertained by Constance Ford's witty embodiment of an American shopowner, enjoying her European exile far from the shores of her prudish native land (and so much more sympathetic than that harridan she had to play in Daves' "A Summer Place," unforgettably chewing the proverbial scenery as she terrorized poor Sandra Dee and unrelentingly driving a stolid Richard Egan into the willing arms of Miss Dorothy McGuire!) And in this one I do recall thinking that Angie Dickinson had never been more lovingly photographed, more elegantly made up and coiffed, nor more expensively gowned, playing the spoiled temptress toying with the hapless (or do I mean, hopeless?) Troy Donahue. And let us not forget Suzanne Pleshette with her raven tresses, thoroughly modern good looks, and that throaty voice which fascinated many more, I'm sure, than just this besotted admirer. This kind of escapism, with very few exceptions, is a thing of the past, and I'm not too eager to agree that that's something about which we should have precious few regrets.


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