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Violent Summer (1959)

Estate violenta (original title)
Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. ... See full summary »


Valerio Zurlini


Valerio Zurlini (story and screenplay), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Roberta Parmesan
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Carlo Caremoli (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... La madre di Roberta
Raf Mattioli Raf Mattioli ... Giorgio
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Maddalena
Cathia Caro ... Serena
Giampiero Littera Giampiero Littera ... Daniele
Bruno Carotenuto Bruno Carotenuto ... Giulio
Tina Gloriani Tina Gloriani ... Emma
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Ettore Caremoli - il padre di Carlo
Jacqueline Sassard ... Rosanna


Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. Then, on the beach, he meets Roberta, a war widow with a child. Roberta's mother warns Roberta to avoid Carlo, but to her, he seems attentive and to her daughter he is kind. Romance develops. Within a few weeks, Roberta is risking everything. Can there be a resolution between passion, on the one hand, and war, duty, and social expectation on the other? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance | War


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Did You Know?


Eleanora Rossi Drago, who attended the March 1960 Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina, came home with the award for best performance by an actress ,for this film. See more »


Although set in 1943, settings, clothing and hairstyles are from the late 1950s. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was shown in Latin America, the first sexual encounter between the lovers had two different versions: in one of them, they were naked in bed making love. In the other, the dialogue was the same, but they were fully dressed lying on the beach. Both versions ran simultaneously in different movie theaters. See more »


References S.O.S. Submarine (1941) See more »


Written by Nacio Herb Brown (as Brown) and Arthur Freed (as Freed) with Italian lyrics by A. Bracchi
Sung by Teddy Reno
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Suddenly last Summer
13 November 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Valerio Zurlini was first known for his melodramas ("la ragazza con la valigla" and "cronaca familiare" but his towering achievement was his final effort "il deserto dei Tartari" a brilliant adaptation of Dino Buzatti's masterpiece (hence not a melodrama).

"Estate Violenta" is a moderately successful film:the umpteenth story of a young and attractive widow and a younger (not so younger by the way,Trintignant was actually about five years younger than Rossi-Drago)lad ,during the Fascist years .The boy has a lot of fun with his mates :thanks to his father who provides him protection he has avoided the draft.He spends his time ,with a spoiled youth sunbathing and partying but history is about to catch him up.Rossi-Drago portrays a woman who stifles in her bourgeois atmosphere.

Excellent performances by the two leads.Gorgeous brunette Jacqueline Sassard is also featured as Trintignant's girlfriend (she would team up again with Trintignant in Chabrol's "les biches"(1967); nothing was heard from her since).Best scene:bombing of the railway station,Zurlini works wonders when he describes people's panic.

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Release Date:

14 November 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Violent Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

San Marino See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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