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Adua e le compagne (1960)

When a brothel closes because of new laws, four of the prostitutes decide to go into business running a restaurant. They discover they cannot escape their past.

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Ruggero Maccari (story), Ettore Scola (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Signoret ... Adua Giovannetti
Sandra Milo ... Lolita
Emmanuelle Riva ... Marilina (as Emmanuele Riva)
Gina Rovere Gina Rovere ... Caterina Zellero, detta Milly
Claudio Gora ... Ercoli
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... L'Avvocato - Adua's ex-customer
Gianrico Tedeschi Gianrico Tedeschi ... Stefano
Antonio Rais Antonio Rais ... Emilio
Duilio D'Amore Duilio D'Amore ... Brother Michele
Valeria Fabrizi Valeria Fabrizi ... Fosca (as Valeria Fabrizzi)
Luciana Gilli Luciana Gilli ... Dora - Piero's lover (as Gloria Gilli)
Enzo Maggio Enzo Maggio ... Calypso - Stefano's colleague
Roberto Meloni Roberto Meloni ... (as Roberto Melone)
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... (credit only)
Marcello Mastroianni ... Piero Salvagni
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Storyline

When a brothel closes because of new laws, four of the prostitutes decide to go into business running a restaurant. They discover they cannot escape their past.

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Taglines:

Together for the First Time The Stars of "Room at the Top", "Divorce Italian Style", Hiroshima Mon Amour" "8 1/2" and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 January 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Adua and Her Friends See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zebra Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This is the first time in her career that Sandra Milo dubs herself in a movie. Previously she had been dubbed by other actresses such as Rosetta Calavetta and Lydia Simoneschi. See more »

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A film featuring strong female characters

Antonio Pietrangelli's ADUA E LE COMPAGNE (ADUA AND HER FRIENDS) is a slice of Italian neo-realist film-making.

Legal brothels have just been banned, and now four professional girls must find a new occupation. Adua (Simone Signoret, Room at the Top, Ship of Fools), Milly (Gina Rovere, Life is Beautiful, and Best Actress winner for this film at the Avellino Neorealism Film Festival), Lolita (Sandra Milo, Juliet of the Spirits, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for this film by Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists), and Marilina (Emmanuelle Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour) create a restaurant with the plan to make an illicit brothel of the upstairs rooms.

When obstacles prevent opening their restaurant, they turn to Dr. Ercoli (Claudio Gora), a local "fixer" who'll make the license happen, but only for a price. They carry on, but know the past will eventually come knocking. With a restaurant that's slowly becoming successful, and the attentions of car salesman Piero (Marcello Mastroianni), Adua and the girls adjust to their new lives. One starts a new romance; another reconnects with her young son.

If you are looking for titillation in a story about four prostitutes, you need to look elsewhere, as this film, with some stirring jazz, focuses on the characters in transition.


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