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The Pizza Triangle (1970)

Dramma della gelosia (tutti i particolari in cronaca) (original title)
A three-way love affair in the Rome of the early seventies.


Ettore Scola


Agenore Incrocci (screenplay) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (screenplay) (as Scarpelli) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Oreste Nardi
Monica Vitti ... Adelaide Ciafrocchi
Giancarlo Giannini ... Nello Serafini
Manuel Zarzo ... Ugo (as Manolo Zarzo)
Marisa Merlini ... Silvana Ciafrocchi
Hércules Cortés Hércules Cortés ... Ambleto di Meo (as Hercules Cortes)
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... District Head of Communist Party (as Fernando Sanchez Polak)
Gioia Desideri ... Adelaide's Friend
Juan Diego ... Antonia's Son
Bruno Scipioni Bruno Scipioni ... Pizza maker
Josefina Serratosa Josefina Serratosa ... Antonia
Giuseppe Maffioli Giuseppe Maffioli ... Lawyer
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... President of tribunal
Paola Natale ... Flower Seller
Brizio Montinaro Brizio Montinaro ... Restaurant Night Guard
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A three-way love affair in the Rome of the early seventies. Construction worker Oreste and young fiancee Adelaide meet Nello, cook in a pizzeria. This love triangle often go to communist rallies, and enjoy the filthy beach of Ostia. Will the hostile environment leave a way to jealousy? Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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The third movie Marcello Mastroianni that has the subtitle Italian style. The other two are divorce Italian style (1961), marriage Italian style (1964) See more »


Antonia: I found out about Oreste. I warn you, leave him alone!
Adelaide: Your trip was pointless. Oreste's the one I was fated for. And he has his woman now. No one can take this away. Since the very first day, how happy we've both been. And you, his mother, should understand that!
Antonia: What do you mean: his mother? His wife! You filthy...
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Very Broad and Over The Top Comedy Doesn't Have The Characters To Make You Love It But Is Fine Enough For A Look
21 October 2011 | by mbsSee all my reviews

The Pizza Triangle is a cute enough Italian romantic comedy with some really outlandish touches around the center and a nicely scuzzy character played by the normally smooth Marcello Mastriani. These last two things would probably be trimmed tho (including its ending) would it have been a bigger hit in Italy and then remade for America so maybe its good it wasn't remade...but then again most people would have also heard of this and it'd be much more widely available to watch today as well so maybe that's not a good thing then.

Monica Vitti wildly overplays the fun loving/fast living woman at the center of the love triangle. She spots Marcello Mastriani not as the handsome man you normally see but as a drunk guy passed out on the street and instantly falls in love with him (i know but its a movie!) each one is sure they've seen each other before in a shop and were attracted to each other then so when she spots him laying in that gutter he's certainly pleased to wake up and see her standing over him. Unfortunately for her--he ends up being a wildly jealous boar who is prone to fits of both the drinking and temper kind and is soon turning her attentions to the swooning pizza maker in the little eatery that Mastriani keeps taking her to. The pizza maker played by a rather youngish Giancarlo Gianni woos her right under Marcello's nose with a slice of pizza in the shape of a heart---its a very cute scene when Vitti gets the heart shaped slice of pizza looks up and sees Gianni staring at her--its one of those meet cute scenes that would totally be at home in a big Hollywood romance (which is why i'm surprised this wasn't redone quite honestly) and while Vitti and her pizza maker start cuddling up Marcello starts questioning himself and his ability to hold a relationship and generally being a mope--except for when he's throwing one of his fits. Eventually he and the pizza chef (who already knew each other cause well Marcello eats his food) decide to try and share Monica Vitti--and as anyone who's ever seen Vitti in her prime can attest--half a Vitti is better then no Vitti at all.

The attempts at Jules and Jilm like comedy don't really mesh with the kind of angry, self righteous character that had been Mastriani's character up to that point, and you can pretty much guess where the film goes once the 2 guys decide to try and share Vitti. The movie doesn't quite live up to the first 5 or 10 minutes as a whole. When you see that sequence of Vitti at the fair and spotting Mastriani and then Mastriani seeing her--you think OK this is going to be very well filmed and is going to be passionate as all get out. It doesn't really pan out that way and not because of Mastriani's rather bitter character--its more because the film's attempts at humor are just too over the top to take seriously---Mastriani and Vitti share a fly together (mastriani's character is so filthy at the beginning that he keeps doing battle with the same fly--who Vitti then calls "our fly" and indeed whenever she starts to feel Mastriani's presence--you hear the fly buzzing on the soundtrack and sometimes see it actually flying around the screen as well--its a neat touch but one that's also irritating the more times it happens) Vitti's character herself is so over the top and so fickle--i personally stopped caring about which of the 2 suitors she's going to end up with long before she actually makes a decision (and then promptly changes her mind a couple more times for good measure) The film was enjoyable enough--its certainly pretty to look at for the most part--but the character's behavior and the fact that everything is done in these big broad strokes makes the rest of the film not as good as it could've been....the way Vitti carries on i would've thought that this was a role that Sophia Loren had turned down quite honestly--it wouldn't be hard to see why Loren would of turned this one down--the character that Vitti's playing is nowhere near the head strong, self sufficient larger then life characters that Loren had come to fame playing, and that's part of the main problem of the movie itself.

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30 April 1970 (Italy) See more »

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