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Le Amiche ()

Le amiche (original title)
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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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Clelia
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Lorenzo
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Cesare Pedoni, the architect
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Nene
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Momina De Stefani
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Rosetta Savoni
Anna Maria Pancani ...
Mariella
Luciano Volpato ...
Tony
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Clelia's employer
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Carlo
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Marcella Ferri
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Dissatisfied customer of the pub (uncredited)
Alessandro Fersen ...
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Directed by

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Michelangelo Antonioni

Written by

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Cesare Pavese ... (novel "Tra donne sole")
 
Suso Cecchi D'Amico ... (screenplay) &
Michelangelo Antonioni ... (screenplay) &
Alba De Cespedes ... (collaboration)

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Giovanni Addessi ... producer

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Giovanni Fusco

Cinematography by

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Gianni Di Venanzo

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Eraldo Da Roma

Production Design by

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Gianni Polidori

Set Decoration by

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Gianni Polidori

Costume Design by

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Enzo Bulgarelli

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Gabriella Borzelli ... hair stylist
Anna Cristofani ... hair stylist
Giovanni Donelli ... makeup artist (as Gianni Donelli)

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Gino Millozza ... unit production manager
Pietro Notarianni ... production manager

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Luigi Vanzi ... assistant director

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Giulio Canavero ... sound technician
Emilio Rosa ... sound technician
Ennio Sensi ... sound technician

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Erico Menczer ... camera operator

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Libero Tosoni ... musician: guitar
Armando Trovajoli ... musician: piano (as Armando Trovaioli)

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Elvira D'Amico ... script supervisor

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Renato Angiolini ... production secretary
Ugo Tucci ... production secretary
Isa Bellini ... voice dubbing: Anna Maria Pancani (uncredited)
Mario Maldesi ... dubbing director (uncredited)
Fulvia Mammi ... voice dubbing: Madeleine Fischer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Le Amiche (World-wide, English title)
  • Le Amiche (United States)
  • The Girlfriends (World-wide, English title)
  • Le Amiche (United Kingdom)
  • The Girlfriends (United Kingdom)
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  • 104 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials (1965). See more »

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