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The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966)

Signore & signori (original title)
A citizen of the Veneto in her sixties. Three stories of "love in the country": a pseudo Don Giovanni confesses his impotence to the doctor in confidence but he becomes betrayed by him - ... See full summary »

Director:

Pietro Germi

Writers:

Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Pietro Germi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

A citizen of the Veneto in her sixties. Three stories of "love in the country": a pseudo Don Giovanni confesses his impotence to the doctor in confidence but he becomes betrayed by him - the medic speaks about his patient with some befriend gossips; a bank employee, after a tormented affair with the young waitress of a bar, returns to be single - disappointed and made bitter; some boys exploit the gratitude of an ingenuous girl from the vicinity. Her father denunciates them but withdraws all efforts after getting a compensation and saves them from jail. Written by rosebud6

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

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Comedy

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Frenetic but boring
21 December 2016 | by rooakSee all my reviews

It might take an Italian background to appreciate this film. As a non-Italian viewer I found the humour (high farce) rather dull.

The film had almost no characterization, a rather muddy plot line and absolutely no emotional interest. I tuned out constantly, and was glad for distractions.

The third line of the anthology, about the sexual interest of a group of men in a young girl was particularly uncomfortable, with its pedophile themes, which Germi unpleasantly treated as though only humorous, not at all troubling.

The overall perspective was purely male — the women in the film were simply either objects of desire or impediments to desire's fulfillment.

I wouldn't bother watching this film again.


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