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Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954)

Cronache di poveri amanti (original title)
In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of ... See full summary »

Director:

Carlo Lizzani

Writers:

Vasco Pratolini (novel), Sergio Amidei (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Gesuina
Cosetta Greco Cosetta Greco ... Elisa
Antonella Lualdi ... Milena
Marcello Mastroianni ... Ugo
Bruno Berellini Bruno Berellini ... Carlino Bencini
Irene Cefaro Irene Cefaro ... Clara
Adolfo Consolini Adolfo Consolini ... Corrado aka Maciste
Giuliano Montaldo ... Alfredo Campolmi
Gabriele Tinti ... Mario Parigi
Eva Vanicek Eva Vanicek ... Bianca Quagliotti
Wanda Capodaglio Wanda Capodaglio ... La Signora
Domenico Maggio Domenico Maggio ... (as Mimmo Maggio)
Andrea Petricca Andrea Petricca ... Nanni
Garibaldo Lucii Garibaldo Lucii ... Staderini
Mario Piloni Mario Piloni ... Osvaldo Liverani
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Storyline

In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of them. When Campolmi is beaten by the fascists, Mario meets Milena, Campolmi's wife, at the hospital and falls in love with her leaving Bianca. Then Maciste is killed, again by the fascists, Ugo is wounded and he seeks shelter in ^ÓSignora^Ô's house. Here he falls in love with Gesuina and the two marry. Campolmi dies, but Mario and Milena part themselves. Later Mario too is arrested by the police. Written by Piergiorgio Romani <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 February 1956 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of Poor Lovers See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the book by Vasco Pratolini, 'La Signora' is clearly a lesbian figure entertaining very ambiguous relationship with her young female servants. This fact was omitted from the film because the Italian censorship would not allow homosexuals to be portrayed on screen at the time. See more »

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Half-baked rendition of a good novel
26 July 2003 | by Vice_4See all my reviews

This movie could probably have been a successful production, if it was realized in a different way, but the emphasis in which nearly all characters are over-stating themselves throughout its length makes it somewhat slow and uninteresting.

As it often happens with adaptation of literary works for the silver screen, the style of this movie is rather different from that of the novel from which is taken, but the atmosphere of the working-class neighborhood in the Florence of mid-1920s is quite well rendered.

The cast too is full of very good players, both famous or soon-to-be famous, like Mastroianni, Ferrero, Lualdi and Greco, and remarkable features by some lesser known but noteworthy presences such as Giuliano Montaldo (which later will acquire his own fame as movie director), and Wanda Capodaglio, unrivaled queen of the Italian stage for nearly 50 years, who plays the unnamed "Lady Loanshark".

Adolfo Consolini, a famous Italian athlete, twice world record holder and 1948 Olympic champion of discus throw, very appropriately lends his well-built body to the character of Maciste.

The only action sequence of this movie, with Ugo and Maciste trying to reach the houses of some anti-fascists and warn them before the violent mob gets there first, is very nailing and well made. Too bad the rest of the movie is not as entertaining as it could have been.

If you are interested in the history of Italian movies and contemporary literature, try watching this one, but only after reading the novel.


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