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Of Life and Love (1954)
"Questa è la vita" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  3 February 1954 (Italy)
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1) A jar repairer gets trapped in a vat because of his hunch. 2) A young unmarried mother is forced to beg to buy herself a fan. 3) Rosario Chiarchiaro appears before a law court for ... ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Turi Pandolfini ...
Zi' Dima (segment "La giara")
Natale Cirino ...
Don Lollò (segment "La giara")
Antonio Nicotra ...
Un giudice (segment "La giara")
Myriam Bru ...
(segment "Il ventaglio)
...
Rosario Chiarchiaro (segment "La patente")
Aldo Fabrizi ...
Il Professore Fabio Gori (segment "Marsina stretta")
Lucia Bosé ...
Angela Reis (segment "Marsina stretta")
Walter Chiari ...
Il commissario (segment "Marsina stretta")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armenia Balducci ...
Rosinella Chiarchiaro (segment "La Patente")
Mario Castellani ...
Altro avvocato
Giorgio Costantini
Ada Dondini ...
Gina Migri (segment "Marsina Stretta")
Anita Durante ...
(segment "La Patente")
Franca Gandolfi ...
(segment "La Giara")
Lauro Gazzolo ...
The administrator (segment "Marsina Stretta")
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1) A jar repairer gets trapped in a vat because of his hunch. 2) A young unmarried mother is forced to beg to buy herself a fan. 3) Rosario Chiarchiaro appears before a law court for ... casting spells. 4) The discomfort of an over tight jacket gives a wedding witness the strength to persuade the reluctant parents of the bridegroom to bless his union. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The American version is actually distilled from two different Italian episodic features from 1953 and 1954: also included is the segment "Anna Magnani" from the omnibus feature We, the Women (1953). See more »

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Pirandello stories.
3 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This four-episode film, each part by a different Italian director, is based on stories in Luigi Pirandello's "Novelle per un anno" much as the 1985 Taviani Brothers' film KAOS would be. The first episode, "La giara" (The Jar) is the only story that appears in both films. It is about a wealthy Sicilian landowner's large terra-cotta olive vat that is broken and must be repaired by a jar-repairer who becomes trapped inside it. "Il ventaglio" (The Fan) is about a young mother who begs money in order to be able to buy herself a fan. The third episode is "La patente" (The License, or as it was called in the U.S.A. "The Jinx"). It is an amusing little anecdote about a man who wants to get certified as a jinx so that he can make money from his special abilities of warding off the evil eye.The character is played by the marvelous Italian comic Toto'. The last episode is is "Marsina stretta" (Tight Vest) with a corpulent Aldo Fabrizi needing a tuxedo to wear to a wedding and unable to fully fit into a borrowed one. The episodes were directed respectively by Giorgio Pastina, Mario Soldati, Luigi Zampa, and Aldo Fabrizi.


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