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La viaccia (1961)

The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando ... See full summary »

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Mauro Bolognini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Amerigo (as Jean Paul Belmondo)
Claudia Cardinale ... Bianca
Pietro Germi ... Stefano
Romolo Valli ... Dante
Gabriella Pallotta ... Carmelinda
Gina Sammarco Gina Sammarco ... Maîtresse
Marcella Valeri Marcella Valeri ... Beppa
Emma Baron ... Giovanna
Claudio Biava Claudio Biava ... Arlecchino
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Tognaccio
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Young man
Paola Pitagora ... Anna
Gianna Giachetti Gianna Giachetti ... Boarder at brothel
Rosita di Vera Cruz Rosita di Vera Cruz ... Margherita
Olimpia Cavalli Olimpia Cavalli ... Boarder
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Storyline

The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man's property. But Ferdinando's nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo's stance is weakened when he heads for Florence and meets prostitute Bianca.

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A woman's touch becomes a man's obsession.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

13 June 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovemakers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Rhapsody for saxophone and orchestra
Written by Claude Debussy
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Exercise in style?
5 November 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

This is a slow but mesmerising film by Mauro Bolognini from a particularly rich phase of his output. Jean-Paul Belmondo, 'dubbed', as Amerigo, does his best in a pretty thankless part but is excellent in his scenes with Claudia Cardinale also 'dubbed', as Bianca. This is the second of her three collaborations with this director. She was 'dubbed' for years as her voice was considered too'coarse'. Filmgoers were not to hear her real voice until 'Il Gattopardo' and 'Otto e mezzo' in 1963. The supporting cast is strong. Paul Frankeur is 'dubbed' as one would expect. Pietro Germi, never better, is 'dubbed' as well which one would not expect. The cinematography by Leonida Barboni is fabulous and Piero Tosi won the Silver Ribbon for his superb attention to period detail as production designer. There is also an effective use of part of Debussy's Rhapsody for Saxaphone and Orchestra. A rather curious sub-plot with Romolo Valli involving anarchists that seems to go nowhere and the inconsistences of Bianca's behaviour would indicate a change of original script. Some critics dismissed this film as an 'exercise in style' but stylishness has always been one of Bolognini's strengths and his mastery of the visual makes this piece eminently watchable even if not one of his best.


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