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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
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Pure Poetry - great art and great entertainment, hand in hand, 2 February 2002
Author: cls-6

This film is no small feat, by most criteria. There is not one scene, one piece of dialogue that doesn't work perfectly in its own right and in relation to the broader context of the movie. All characters are solidly conceived and utterly believable, and the flawless, well-measured acting of the WHOLE cast render them authentic and charismatic.

Depicting simply a night at a traditional Italian restaurant, the movie doesn't have a major unifying plot. It never needed one in the first place. The situations particular to each group of characters, to each table, are more than enough to keep the audience following the action flow through the place. The viewer's attention is held at peak throughout the whole movie, from beginning to end, which is a very rare and amazing achievement for any film. Even more amazing a feat it is for a movie which happens in one single place, with no more than a restaurant's few facilities for the action to spread.

As a whole, 'La Cena' showcases an intriguing and thoughtful, yet pleasant rendition of people's dilemmas, joys and relationships, contrary to the perception that "art" movies are tiresome, intellectual, self-indulgent exercises. This film potraits the beauty and poetry of life and human nature (corny, but nonetheless true), as masterfully as few but the European cinema masters can. A great example of the Italian tradition of moviemaking, ten out of ten, no doubt about it.

And on top of everything else, aren't there ugly, charmless women in Italy? Madonna mia!

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