It is late at night and a married couple has just returned home from a party, where they met a former school friend of the wife and a famous singer. The husband has been charmed by the ... See full summary »
A man returns to visit his native Sicily after living in New York for a long time. He learns about the Sicilian way of life from stylized conversations with an orange picker, his fellow ... See full summary »
A group of men and women of all generations have been brought together in the course of their travels after World War II, when Italy regained its national unity. Amid the ruins of this ... See full summary »
Giacinto Di Pascoli,
An early example of ultra-realism, this movie contrasts the quiet, bucolic life in the outskirts of Paris with the harsh, gory conditions inside the nearby slaughterhouses. Describes the ... See full summary »
Two segments. The first one arranges six stories from Cesare Pavese's "Dialoghi con Leucò", taken from classical mythology. The second segment is taken from Pavese's novel "La luna e i falò... See full summary »
It is late at night and a married couple has just returned home from a party, where they met a former school friend of the wife and a famous singer. The husband has been charmed by the seductive and elegant woman, and this makes him treat his wife, who has gone straight back to being a housewife, condescendingly. Talking about the evening, the husband praises the school friend's beauty and intelligence. This makes his wife reveal the advances she received from the singer and the compliments he paid her; the man may be affected, but made her feel she was still desirable. When she realises her husband is jealous, the wife decides to teach him a lesson. She puts on an elegant, flimsy dress he has never seen before and pretends to turn into the 'modern-day woman', emancipated and free that her husband so admires. Initially, he likes the change; but that is only the beginning. Soon the husband discovers that his wife's transformation goes a lot deeper. She is now a whimsical woman who ...