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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 »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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... Milena Zulian
... Osvaldo Bisigato
... Toni Gasparini
Olga Villi ... Ippolita Gasparini
... Noemi Castellan
... Lino Benedetti
Nora Ricci ... Gilda Bisigato
Gigi Ballista ... Giacinto Castellan
... Betty Scodeler
Quinto Parmeggiani ... Giovanni Soligo
... Giorgetta Casellato
Aldo Puglisi ... Carabiniere Mancuso
Gustavo D'Arpe ... Scarabello
Alberto Rabagliati ... Galeazzo Casellato
Patrizia Valturri ... Alda Cristofoletto
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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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A real gem
31 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I simply can't understand how a moviegoer like me missed this gem when it was first shown here - and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival. Especially being already convinced that Pietro Germi was one of the most talented directors of the Italian after war films. He made a screen adaptation of one of the greatest literary hits of the sixties, Carlo Emilio Gadda's QUER PASTICCIACCIO BRUTTO DI VIA MERULANA, a perfect combination of Italian language and Roman dialect. Concerning SIGNORE E SIGNORI, the cast is not all-stars, but extremely equal in its aspects, none is tops but none is dull either. Special rewards for the well known Franco Fabrizi, for exquisite Beba Loncar and the almost introducing Virna Lisi, who became famous for a long time. The atmosphere of this little Italian town was splendidly illustrated. I used to stay in Treviso when traveling to Venice, the City of the Doges being too expensive for me and Treviso, also nicely cut by its canaletti, was only at a half hour by train from the famous but hardly available Lagoon City. A huge Bravo! also for the remasterization, absolutely perfect. Warmly recommended to everybody who wants to have a big laugh and in the same time measure how mean some people were just half a century ago. Harry Carasso, Paris, France


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