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From a Roman Balcony (1960)

La giornata balorda (original title)
The ironic study of a young man's poignant and sensual adventures based on "Roman Tales" by Alberto Moravia.


Mauro Bolognini


Alberto Moravia (story), Pier Paolo Pasolini (story) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Jean Sorel ... Davide Saraceno
Lea Massari ... Freja
Jeanne Valérie ... Marina
Rik Battaglia ... Carpiti
Valeria Ciangottini Valeria Ciangottini ... Ivana
Marcella Valeri Marcella Valeri ... Sora Tosca
Irene Aloisi Irene Aloisi
Elvi Lissiak Elvi Lissiak ... (as Elvi Lyssiak)
Enrico Glori
Isabelle Corey ... Sabina
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Rag. Alberto Moglie


The ironic study of a young man's poignant and sensual adventures based on "Roman Tales" by Alberto Moravia.

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Exactly one month after the premiere (16 November 1960) the movie was sequestered on the entire Italian territory. After six months of negotiation with the censors (who had already made difficult the production of the film, and whose influence already influenced the 102' cut) the production was released in a further reduced 94' edition which is the one extant today. See more »

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A forgotten Italian gem from 1960
29 November 2014 | by Barev2013See all my reviews

FROM the Archive of Alex's Forgotten Gems: Giornata balorda, 1960, is an Italian gem from the early New Wave Age that dropped completely out of sight for no good reason: The old English release Title was "The view from the Balcony" but I would go with "One Crazy Day"-- which would be a direct translation of the original Italian title. One reason it might have gotten lost in the shuffle is perhaps due to the titular similarity with a very well known theater piece of the time, "A view from the Bridge! ~~ Director was Mauro Bolognini, 1960, the B/w picture is based on a Moravia story, scripted by PASOLINI -- I saw this in Berkeley around 1960 when it first came out and was immediately impressed that here we had a quintessentially no-nonsense, unpretentious, totally realistic, down-to-earth Italian movie -- Neo-realismo updated with sixties touches and no artsy-artsy symbolism or in group jokes. I would love to see it again but it seems to have disappeared entirely. -- Basic Plot: A philandering Alfie type guy played by French actor Jean Sorrel starts out in a gritty balconied multi-family apartment project the life of which is shown with almost documentary type matter-of-factness, finds out that a woman he's had sex with is knocked up, splits the scene and ends up at the beach in this One Crazy Day -- all delivered in ROME dialect all the way. If I had just one Italian film to show to represent Italian film of the sixties, this would be it -- ahead of all the Fellini's and Antonionis of the time -- but they would of course follow as Backup in "Italian Cinema 10". Professore De Leone, cinema know-it-all --or Nothing at All!

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10 November 1960 (Italy) See more »

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