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The Appointment (1969)

The lawyer Federico Fendi has reasons to believe that his wife Carla in secret is Rome's highest paid prostitute.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Antonio Leonviola (story) (as Leonviola), James Salter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Frederico Fendi
Anouk Aimée ... Carla
Didi Perego Didi Perego ... Nani de Marchis
Fausto Tozzi ... Renzo
Gigi Proietti ... Fabre (as Luigi Proietti)
Paola Barbara ... Mother
Inna Alexeievna Inna Alexeievna ... Old Woman on Train (as Inna Alexeieff)
Ennio Balbo ... Ugo Perino
Daniela Calvino Daniela Calvino
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice ... Fishmonger's Wife (as Linda De Felice)
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Antonio
Serena Michelotti Serena Michelotti ... Lucia
Monica Pardo Monica Pardo ... Olghina
Rodolfo Valadier Rodolfo Valadier
Lotte Lenya ... Emma Valadier
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Storyline

Frederico Fendi, a Rome-based lawyer, is not totally fulfilled despite his professional success, as he is still single and lives with his mother, these issues which he contemplates more and more as he reaches middle age. Things have the potential to change when he falls in love at first sight with a woman he spots on the street. Those dreams are dashed when he learns the woman, Carla, is engaged to Renzo, a friend of his from school. However, Renzo, without telling Carla the reason, breaks off the engagement when he suspects that in addition to her job as a model at a fashion house, that she works as a high priced prostitute. Regardless, Frederico, still obsessed with her, starts to court her despite these suspicions about her which he also has. Frederico's love for her wavering with shame for having these feelings about a prostitute lead to he trying to find out definitively if she really is a prostitute in setting up an appointment with her through the discrete madame, antiques ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

23 May 1969 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A találka See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Martin Poll Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michel Legrand composed the first score for this film, but it was rejected in favor of a score by John Barry, aided by Don Walker. When it was first aired on U.S. television, the CBS network had Barry and Walker's score replaced with a completely new score by Stu Phillips. See more »

Quotes

Old Woman on Train: I am not old. I am not old. I am just lived for a long time.
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Alternate Versions

The film was not released theatrically in the U.S., but was aired on CBS at 11:30 p.m. on July 20, 1972, in a re-edited, shorter version, with a new score by 'Stu Phillips (I)'. See more »

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Beautiful
10 May 2007 | by nickrogers1969See all my reviews

This is a very underrated film that deserves to be rediscovered. The story does not seem much at first and seems like a simple love story and an excuse to show off two beautiful European film stars in lovely locations.

But the film grows on you when one thinks of how the man ruins both their lives. The scenes in the antiques store with Lotte Lenya are quite sinister. It's chilling when the man and the old woman talk of Mussolini which is the only way to get the old woman to talk of the woman he's looking for.

Sidney Lumet rehearsed with his actors for two weeks before shooting which is why the performances are so good. Omar Sharif and Anouk Aimee are more than pretty faces and give a lot of depth to their characters.

Apparently the film failed to find an audience because Metro had high hopes for it and sent it to the Cannes film festival where it was not well received. One could not then serve europeans an European film made by an American. Lumet had used Fellinis set decorator and Antonionis photographer and as Sharif said "it was not quite Fellini, not quite Antonioni and not quite Lumet".

So Metro panicked recut it without Lumet and did not release it to cinemas. What a shame. It is a little gem worth repeated viewings. It was shown on TV recut with rock music! If only the studio had released it the word of mouth would have been good. It could never have been a hit though, as it is too tragic at he end.

Sidney Lumet, you made a lovely film! You can be proud of it.


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