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27 November 1998 (Italy) See more »
An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ettore Scola 
Writing credits
Ettore Scola (story)

Ettore Scola (writer) and
Furio Scarpelli (writer) and
Silvia Scola (writer) and
Giacomo Scarpelli (writer)

Produced by
Franco Committeri .... producer
Original Music by
Armando Trovajoli 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Raimondo Crociani 
Production Design by
Luciano Ricceri 
Costume Design by
Odette Nicoletti 
Makeup Department
Giorgio Capogrosso .... assistant hair stylist
Carla Catanzaro .... assistant makeup artist
Lamberto Deli .... assistant hair stylist
Franco Freda .... key makeup artist
Annamaria Ginnoto .... hair stylist (as Anna Maria Ginnoto)
Mirella Ginnoto .... key hair stylist
Antonio Maltempo .... makeup artist
Ermanno Spera .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Romolo Biondi .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director
Federica Ciciarelli .... assistant director
Camilla Costanzo .... assistant director
Alessio Cremonini .... assistant director
Federico Di Cicilia .... assistant director
Enrico Marrari .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rodolfo Calascibetta .... property master
Giuseppe Sorrentino .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Damiano Antinori .... assistant sound recordist
Giorgio Conti .... sound editor
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Paolo Frati .... sound effects editor
Remo Ugolinelli .... sound
Stefano Vadala .... sound
Corrado Volpicelli .... sound
Visual Effects by
Riccardo Grandi .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Barbona .... grip
Alberto Emidi .... key grip
Luca Forte .... assistant camera
Claudio Frollano .... electrician
Gianfranco Salis .... still photographer
Raoul Torresi .... camera operator
Simone Zampagni .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Anzimani .... key costumer
Alma Barbieri .... seamstress
Piera Cimino .... seamstress
Debora Pagano .... costume assistant
Raoul Settimelli .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Antonio Di Lorenzo .... assistant editor
Stefano Giovannini .... color timer
Edward Nadalin .... assistant editor
Luciana Nusca .... assistant editor
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Armando Trovajoli .... conductor
Fabio Venturi .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Eleonora Baldwin .... script supervisor
Ludovica Barbieri .... production secretary
Paola Comin .... press agent
Franco Cremonini .... production coordinator
Paolo Mastrorosato .... production secretary
Anna Maria Novelli .... production administrator
Carmine Parmigiani .... production coordinator
Italo Squillace .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"La cena" - Italy (original title)
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Argentina:124 min | Colombia:108 min | Italy:126 min | Japan:108 min | Norway:109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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3 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not my cup of tea, 5 January 2008
Author: vitachiel

It was to be expected that most comments on this movie were of a congratulatory nature. What's not to like about a film that focuses on just one whole evening of people having dinner in a typical Italian restaurant, with typical Italian costumers with a typical Italian predilection for good food and wine, while eavesdropping on their typical Italian conversations? OK, I'm a bit too cynical here, I know. In fact, for people interested in Italian cultural peculiarities, this film is definitively worth watching. If you want to see a good and/or entertaining movie with interesting characters, a good plot or original directing, look elsewhere. Because the personality of all the characters is set and fixed from the start and nothing is done to add a twist in psychology or state of affairs of those involved, prepare for a long and tedious sit. Nearly every second somebody is talking, but not one conversation ever gets really interesting or funny. All in all, too much of the same.

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