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Boccaccio '70 (1962)

Boccaccio 70 (original title)
Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A ... See full summary »

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Giovanni Arpino (screenplay), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 10 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marisa Solinas ... Luciana (segment "Renzo e Luciana")
Germano Gilioli Germano Gilioli ... Renzo (segment "Renzo e Luciana")
Anita Ekberg ... Anita (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio")
Peppino De Filippo ... Dr. Antonio Mazzuolo (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio")
Romy Schneider ... Pupe (segment "Il lavoro")
Tomas Milian ... Conte Ottavio (segment "Il lavoro") (as Thomas Milian)
Romolo Valli ... Lawyer Zacchi (segment "Il lavoro")
Sophia Loren ... Zoe (segment "La riffa")
Luigi Giuliani ... Gaetano (segment "La riffa")
Alfio Vita ... Cuspet (segment "La riffa")
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Storyline

Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous cowboy make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, but not always happily. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

26 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boccaccio '70 See more »

Filming Locations:

E.U.R., Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes) (cut) | (3 episodes) | (3 episodes) (cut) | (3 episodes) (cut) | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor/Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Federico Fellini's segment, one of the scouts receiving an award is named Otello Martelli; the name of the cinematographer of the segment. See more »

Quotes

Anita (segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio"): When I move my hips, convents shake.
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Alternate Versions

The original Italian version had four segments, starting with Act 1 "Renzo e Luciana", directed by Mario Monicelli. The total length being over 3 hours (195 min for the four acts plus credits) the producers decided to shorten it for commercial purposes just before the feature went to the Cannes Film Festival in 1962 for the opening screening. Although Mario Monicelli had sued Boccaccio '70 went to be released worldwide without "Renzo e Luciana". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mia madre (2015) See more »

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Day Dream
Music written by; Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington. English lyrics by John La Touche.
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Luchino Visconti dresses Romy Schnaider plus other stories.
14 November 2007 | by uhmartinez-phdSee all my reviews

The one thing I remembered about "Bocaccio70" was Romy Schnaider getting dressed in front of a mirror, in front of us. The film in his 4 segments has much more, but nothing better than Romy Schnaider in the Visconti segment. She is exquisite of course but in Visconti's hands she is superlative. Visconti, like George Cukor, knew how to guide actresses to their best. In the Monicelli episode Renzo and Lucia search for their privacy and Monicelli, a remarkable director, today 92 and still at work, manages to give the most straight forward, no frills segment. Fellini goes overboard with a 50 feet tall Anita Eckberg and a rather clumsy indictment at middle class morality. The De Sica episode has Sophia Loren, virgin and whore. When Sophia Loren was in De Sica's hands she was at her best. Her sympathy here takes over the episode and it becomes a joyful tale of nonsensical innocence. But, just as I remembered Romy Schnaider and Visconti are responsible for making this lightweight oddity really worth while.


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