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The Woman in the Painting (1955)

Amici per la pelle (original title)
Mario and the new kid Franco gradually become the best of friends, but their friendship is tested when one of them wins a competition.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geronimo Meynier ... Mario
Andrea Sciré ... Franco
Vera Carmi ... La madre di Mario
Luigi Tosi ... Il padre di Mario
Carlo Tamberlani ... Il padre di Franco
Paolo Ferrara ... Professore Martinelli
Marcella Rovena ... Professoressa di inglese
Leonilde Montesi ... Professoressa di latino
Ignazio Leone ... Professore di ginnastica
Maria Chiara Bettinali ... Margherita
Isabella Nobili ... Alunna
Renata Bousquet ... Alunna
Roberto Illuminati ... Alunno
Emilio Telve ... Alunno
Angelo Bizzoni ... Alunno


Mario and the new kid Franco gradually become the best of friends, but their friendship is tested when one of them wins a competition. Written by Troye

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An empty room...with shuttered windows and locked rooms...The only occupant... See more »


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3 September 1956 (Spain)  »

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A strong influence on Comencini
16 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Proof positive that there was,in the fifties, an alternative to Joselito Jimenez's soupy melodramas.

"Amici Per La Pelle" depicts a pure friendship between two teenagers ,a friendship which will endure,even,as if one user wrote,they were never to meet again.Mario is the would be tough guy sure of himself,but the last scenes show he breaks like a little boy (the writers are to be praised for not taking the easy way out).Franco is introverted,extremely sensitive ;he comes from the upper class of the society (his dad is an ambassador) but his relationship with his pal never suffers for it.True friendship knows no class,no race...Even for the father,it's only natural that his son should be taken in by his friend's family when he is away (and it must be pointed out that Mario's dad is an artist ,verging on bohemian life):the key to Franco's character is the loss of his mother ,which may explain he finds it hard to relate to girls.Now that his dear mother still lives on in his heart,he invents an imaginary girlfriend .

There's a stunning chemistry between the two young actors.

This movie had a huge influence on Luigi Comencini's later works which deal with childhood: "Cuore" ," Voltati Eugenio" and mainly ,mainly,'Incompreso" (it's no coincidence if his two young heroes are a consul's sons and their mom's dead).If you have liked "Amici Per La Pelle" ,Watch them.

NB:Geronimo Meynard's career ended with Freda's "Giuletta E Romeo "(1964) ,but time had taken its toll,and he was far from being as convincing,as moving as he is in Rossi's delicate drama.

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