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I Knew Her Well (1965)

Io la conoscevo bene (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 December 1965 (Italy)
Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.


Antonio Pietrangeli (story), Ruggero Maccari (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefania Sandrelli ... Adriana Astarelli
Mario Adorf ... Emilio Ricci, aka Bietolone
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Dario Marchionni
Joachim Fuchsberger ... The Writer
Nino Manfredi ... Cianfanna
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Roberto
Ugo Tognazzi ... Gigi Baggini
Karin Dor ... Barbara, the lady friend of Adriana
Franco Fabrizi ... Paganelli
Turi Ferro ... Il commissario
Robert Hoffmann ... Antonio Marais
Franco Nero ... Italo - The garage attendant
Véronique Vendell ... Alice Stendhal (as Veronique Vendell)
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Maria - The usherette
Renato Terra ... Man in the caravan (as Renato Terra Caizzi)


Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

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In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »


Adriana Astarelli: Forgive him. Italian guys are all knuckleheads.
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References Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »


Mani bucate
By Sergio Endrigo
Performed by Sergio Endrigo
Courtesy of Dischi Fonit
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A compelling Italian treat
23 May 2016 | by BarbouzesSee all my reviews

A great capsule of life in Italy in the early 60s. There are shades of la Dolce Vita since every scene takes place in summer and features incredible clothing, but our point of view here is radically different: it is that of a vulnerable young woman instead of a successful jaded male intellectual like in the Fellini movie. The vita is not so dolce for the girl played by the innocent-looking Stefania Sandrelli (who was apparently only 19 when she starred in that film, but what maturity she displays as an actress already.) A peasant girl from the sticks, we meet her right away in Rome where she aspires to glamour, stardom, fame etc. But because she does not know anyone, and is both naive and not very bright to boot, she takes many wrong turns and indulges all the wrong people. This film is very entertaining, because we are in Rome in 1964, it feels and looks like a hot summer all along, and the dresses worn by Sandrelli are unbelievably glamorous. But it is a ferocious social satire, and it is tender neither to our silly heroine nor to the sharks who exploit her and many others. The black&white photography is gorgeous on the eyes. Nino Manfredi and Ugo Tognazzi do each a memorable turn among the victim/exploiters that populates this Roman shark tank. Sandrelli is so good (and so beautiful) that she manages to make her character attaching in spite of her flaws.

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Release Date:

2 December 1965 (Italy) See more »

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$9,312, 7 February 2016

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