The Sunday Woman (1975)
"La donna della domenica" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  23 December 1975 (Italy)
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Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino's high society. Santamaria suspect ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Carla Dosio
Massimo Campi
Aldo Reggiani ...
Lello Riviera
Maria Teresa Albani ...
Virginia Tabusso
Omero Antonutti ...
Gigi Ballista ...
Fortunato Cecilia ...
Nicosia (as Renato Cecilia)
Claudio Gora ...
Franco Nebbia ...
Lina Volonghi ...
Ines Tabusso
Pino Caruso ...
Police Commissioner De Palma
Mario Ferrero ...
Vittorio Dosio
Giuseppe Anatrelli ...
The Chief of Police
Antonio Orlando ...
The Barber


Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino's high society. Santamaria suspect Anna Carla and at the same time falls in love for her. Lello is the lover of Massimo, a homosexual platonic friend of Anna Carla. He is following another direction in order to find out the truth, and his results are confusing the Policeman. But another murdering happens... Written by 1felco

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23 December 1975 (Italy)  »

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The Sunday Woman  »

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Marcello Mastroianni investigates a murder among Turin's upper class
20 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One critic lists "La donna della domenica" (1975) as a neo-noir, so I checked it out. I am certain that if scored and graded it will not enter that category. It's told from the point of view of the investigating commissioner, Marcello Mastroianni, not the criminals, because this is a mystery done in comic fashion. There is no peril to the protagonist. There is no sense of fatalism to speak of. There is, however, some sense of alienation or at least class divisions, as the middle-class Mastroianni mixes with some of Turin's upper class inhabitants and also with prostitutes and others from the working class. And there is a strong ironic feeling throughout the picture.

It's a reasonably enjoyable comedic mystery outing, if one understands that it's not a giallo and not a tough noir but something else altogether. Mastroianni is excellent. His face and expressions, his comments and reactions, they are the mirror held up to various of Turin's goings-on and characters. He's a master actor in conveying just the right degree and touch when confronted with a range of characters who seem to inhabit universes of their own, whereas his reality is to solve a crime.

He contends with Jacqueline Bisset, the bored wife of an older industrialist. He questions the wealthy and gay Jean-Louis Trintignant and his younger and poorer lover, Aldo Reggiani. The latter's insecurity with Trintignant is played for laughs, as is his interview with Mastroianni. Because Trintignant is a suspect in the murder of a lewd and gross architect, Reggiani conducts his own investigation. The blunt object used to kill the man was a large stone phallus. Eventually Mastroianni is led to the hand-made two-man manufactory of these objects, which are in demand, but it is Reggiani who has better leads.

Targets of the comedy include an art dealer, an art show replete with moneyed buyer ready to be taken, rich industrialists who ignore their wives and/or consort with mistresses, prostitutes who find a location for their work in a large untended garden area, the wealthy land-owners who find their locations being invaded by others, the flea market, and the police leaders who kowtow to the upper class powers.

This is not a hugely funny movie and it's a meandering mystery story too. The IMDb rating of 6.8 is in the ballpark, making this at least average and/or having some quite good moments. My rating is not quite so generous.

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