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Le Amiche (1955)

Le amiche (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 February 1957 (Finland)
A young woman returns to her hometown of Turin to set up a new fashion salon and gets involved with a troubled woman and her three wealthy friends.

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Cesare Pavese (novel), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Clelia
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Lorenzo
Franco Fabrizi ... Cesare Pedoni, the architect
Valentina Cortese ... Nene
Yvonne Furneaux ... Momina De Stefani
Madeleine Fischer ... Rosetta Savoni
Anna Maria Pancani Anna Maria Pancani ... Mariella
Luciano Volpato Luciano Volpato ... Tony
Maria Gambarelli ... Clelia's employer
Ettore Manni ... Carlo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcella Ferri Marcella Ferri
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Storyline

Clelia comes from Rome to her native Turin to set up a new fashion salon. On her first night, the woman in the next room of her hotel takes an overdose of pills. Clelia becomes involved with this woman, Rosetta, and three of her rich female friends, Momina, Nene, and Mariella. Momina is older than the others and lives apart from her husband. Her current lover is Cesare, the architect of Clelia's salon. Nene is a talented ceramics artist who lives with her fiancé , the painter Lorenzo. Mariella is a flighty woman only interested in having a good time. Clelia becomes attached to Carlo, the architect's assistant, but the other women look down on him as he comes from a working-class background. With Clelia's help, Momina discovers that Rosetta fell in love with Lorenzo as he was painting her portrait. Momina then encourages Rosetta to go after Lorenzo, although he and Nene were supposed to marry soon. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 February 1957 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Amiche See more »

Filming Locations:

Sabaudia, Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,092, 20 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,005, 26 September 2010
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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With this film, Michelangelo Antonioni started experimenting with his trademark stylistic touches, namely a slightly skewed narrative structure related through a series of seemingly disconnected events. He started using long, carefully framed, unbroken takes, allowing him to explore each character and their own personal journey. The isolation of love - or lack of it - is also a key component that is explored here, as indeed is the quality of forgiveness, as represented by Nene, the cuckolded wife played by _Valentina Cortese_. See more »

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That old ennui
6 August 2016 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Viewed today Michaelangelo Antonioni's "Le Amiche" feels like a dry-run for his great trilogy of alienation that began with "LAvventura". This movie isn't in the same class but it is still very fine. It's like Cukor's "The Women" minus the laughs as lonely, pragmatic Clelia, (an excellent Eleonora Rossi Drago), returns to her native Turin and falls in with a group of rich, bored and, in one case, suicidal women and equally bored and cynical men, the one exception being Carlo, (Ettore Manni), with whom she starts some kind of relationship.

If it's not quite as densely plotted as "L'Avventura" and if there are no set-pieces to equal those that were to come later in Antonioni's work it nevertheless displays a very cool intelligence that never panders to the clichés of this kind of female orientated picture; there are no hints of lesbianism and the friendships are fickle at best. Even as early as 1955 Antonioni was hooked on that old ennui. Not one of his masterpieces, perhaps, but an essential part of the Antonioni canon all the same.


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