A love triangle, the past invades the present. Mario, a shy man new in Livorno, chats up a crying woman on a bridge. She's Natalia, waiting for a lover gone for a year who promised to return. For three nights, Mario accompanies Natalia, assists her, distracts her, dances with her. He falls in love with her. Can he pull Natalia into his arms, away from the past and from love for a man who will probably never return?
Based on the story by Feodor Dostoyevsky
Did You Know?
Austrian actress Maria Schell
learnt the script in Italian and spoke all her lines in Italian during the shooting, which won her the admiration of the Italian cast and crew. It was subsequently decided not to dub her voice by an Italian actress, which was the usual practice at the time. See more
(at around 4 mins) When the bar closes and the owner exits it, he pretends to take out keys from his pocket to lock the door. But, as the camera moves away, the actor portraying the owner of the bar, can be seen putting the keys back in his pocket without locking the door. See more
I don't come to places like this anymore. I like to walk around by myself, lost in thought.
So you're a dreamer too.
Well, you know how it is. The imagination boils over, like water in a coffee pot. But it's a mistake, because you end up believing there's something real and tangible in your dreams, and you neglect life and reality.
Featured in Cinema Paradiso
Written by Dicky Thompson (as Thomson), Gadda and Lidianni
Decca Records Inc. New York U.S.A.
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets
(as Bill Haley and His Comets) See more