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Sweet Deceptions (1960)

I dolci inganni (original title)
Francesca, a 17-year old school girl, has a vivid dream of making love to Enrico, a 37-year old divorced architect and family friend. She turns her dream into reality by meeting Enrico during a regular school day.

Director:

Alberto Lattuada

Writers:

Claude Brulé (screenplay), Francesco Ghedini (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Marquand ... Enrico
Catherine Spaak ... Francesca
Jean Sorel ... Renato
Milly Milly ... La contessa
Patrizia Bini Patrizia Bini
Juanita Faust Juanita Faust ... Maria Grazia (as Janita Faust)
Oliviero Dani Oliviero Dani
Gisella Ardenz Gisella Ardenz ... (as Gisella Ardens)
Donatella Esparmer Donatella Esparmer ... La principessa
Ida Masetti Ida Masetti
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Negoziante
Donatella Raffai Donatella Raffai
Marilù Tolo ... Margherita
Serena Vergano
Eva Bruni Eva Bruni
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Storyline

Francesca, a 17-year old school girl, has a vivid dream of making love to Enrico, a 37-year old divorced architect and family friend. She turns her dream into reality by meeting Enrico during a regular school day.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 October 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Deceptions See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Mono
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Trivia

The film score was composed by Piero Piccioni, one of the future leading Italian film score composers. He was a suspect of the infamous 1953 Wilma Montesi murder case. Montesi was a normal Italian woman from a proper family. Her dead body was found on a beach near Rome. Piccioni was later acquitted. The murder remains unsolved. The investigation exposed the drugs and sex orgies of Roman high society at the time and inspired Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. See more »

Goofs

In the school changing room scene when Francesca puts on her jacket, only the top button of it is fastened. In the next scene when she comforts her crying schoolmate in the school bathroom, all the buttons on the jacket are fastened. See more »

Soundtracks

J'attendrai
Music by Dino Olivieri
Italian lyrics by Nino Rastelli
French lyrics by Louis Poterat
Edizioni Leonardi, 1936
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Refined and Ingenious
21 July 2004 | by jmohsenSee all my reviews

Francesca, a seventeen-year-old Roman, is finally sure she has found love. Almost sure. She spends the day observing other lovers' behaviors and considering whether she is ready to jump. Her age notwithstanding, this movie is more about coming of age than about improper or illegal romantic relationships.

If Catherine Spaak, beautiful and innocent, acts with brio, the quality of the supporting cast makes the movie. From a fifty-year-old indebted socialite who is having too much fun for her daughter's taste to a jaunty gigolo who turns out to be eaten by unreciprocated love, the minor characters entertain, delight, and subtly teach valuable lessons to both Francesca and the audience.

This film's unpredictability is refreshing. Whether written or filmed, coming-of-age stories often fail to surprise or intrigue the audience. In I Dolci Inganni, most characters seem at first to be crazily entertaining walking clichés, but they later astonish the audience by revealing their depth and their inner struggles. If love is widely accepted as a common human need, it can be expressed in mysterious, unsettling, incomprehensible ways. The variety of its forms in the movie gives the spectator an opportunity to reflect on his or her own endeavors and dreams.

This movie will seem slow paced to Gen-Xers, but anybody interested in human nature should see it.


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