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The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966)

Signore & signori (original title)
Three stories, all set in Treviso. Various couple experience adultery at a party, a bank clerk abandons his wife for his mistress and all the men in the end are prosecuted for having intercourse with an underage girl.

Director:

Pietro Germi

Writers:

Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Pietro Germi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virna Lisi ... Milena Zulian
Gastone Moschin ... Osvaldo Bisigato
Alberto Lionello ... Toni Gasparini
Olga Villi Olga Villi ... Ippolita Gasparini
Beba Loncar ... Noemi Castellan
Franco Fabrizi ... Lino Benedetti
Nora Ricci ... Gilda Bisigato
Gigi Ballista Gigi Ballista ... Giacinto Castellan
Gia Sandri ... Betty Scodeler
Quinto Parmeggiani Quinto Parmeggiani ... Giovanni Soligo
Moira Orfei ... Giorgetta Casellato
Aldo Puglisi Aldo Puglisi ... Carabiniere Mancuso
Gustavo D'Arpe Gustavo D'Arpe ... Scarabello
Alberto Rabagliati Alberto Rabagliati ... Galeazzo Casellato
Patrizia Valturri Patrizia Valturri ... Alda Cristofoletto
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Three stories, all set in Treviso. Various couple experience adultery at a party, a bank clerk abandons his wife for his mistress and all the men in the end are prosecuted for having intercourse with an underage girl.

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It happens in Italy...like clockwork! See more »

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(All'italiana) Comedy Masterpiece
14 December 2007 | by tuco73See all my reviews

The Italian Comedy of the Sixties has been internationally recognised as one of the most innovative and original cinema genres produced in that decade. This forgotten movie stands as one of the best examples of such genre. Three stories from the same bunch of middle aged guys from the North of Italy (the nice location is Treviso) are portrayed in this very enjoyable comedy. It is an almost Fellinesque movie, in the sense that it is grotesque, funny and clever at the same time. It mainly is a satire on the human relationships and the hypocrisy of people. Obviously all of this is depicted in a totally hilarious "Italian way". The actresses are simply irresistible (Virna Lisi looks awesome!), the actors very convincing, the story simply too good compared to nowadays scripts, while music, photography and direction are almost perfect. It won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival together with "Un homme une famme". To be rediscovered. a convinced 10/10.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 February 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Birds, the Bees and the Italians See more »

Filming Locations:

Conegliano, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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