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Indian Summer (1972)

La prima notte di quiete (original title)
In Italy, the gambler and professor of poetry Daniele Dominici arrives in the seaside town of Rimini and is hired to teach for four months in high school replacing another teacher. His ... See full summary »

Director:

Valerio Zurlini

Writers:

Valerio Zurlini (story), Enrico Medioli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alain Delon ... Daniele Dominici
Giancarlo Giannini ... Giorgio Mosca aka 'Spider'
Sonia Petrovna ... Vanina Abati (as Sonia Petrova)
Renato Salvatori ... Marcello
Alida Valli ... Marcella Abati - Vanina's mother
Adalberto Maria Merli Adalberto Maria Merli ... Gerardo Favani
Nicoletta Rizzi Nicoletta Rizzi ... Elvira
Salvo Randone ... The Head Teacher
Lea Massari ... Monica
Fabrizio Moroni Fabrizio Moroni ... Fabrizio Romani - student
Patrizia Adiutori ... Valeria
Sandro Moretti ... Leo Montanari
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Female Student
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Storyline

In Italy, the gambler and professor of poetry Daniele Dominici arrives in the seaside town of Rimini and is hired to teach for four months in high school replacing another teacher. His relationship with his mate Monica is in crisis and he spends most of the time with his new acquaintances and gamblers Giorgio Mosca, Marcello and Gerardo Pavani. In classroom, he meets nineteen year old student Vanina Abati, who is Gerardo's girlfriend, and they fall in love for each other. Their relationship leads to a tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indian Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterchi, Italy See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 61271 delivered on 21-10-1972. See more »

Alternate Versions

The French language version, Le Professeur, is cut to 105 minutes. The German language version, Oktober in Rimini, is cut to 90 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Il Vincente (2016) See more »

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You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart
Performed by The Supremes and The Four Tops
Written by Dino Fekaris en Nick Zesses
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Alain Delon and Giancarlo Giannini at their best in a fantastically photographed forgotten masterpiece
9 February 2001 | by Aw-komonSee all my reviews

This is forgotten Italian master Valerio Zurlini's third best film after "Family Diary" and "Le Soldattese." It features one of Alain Delon's very best performances and an equally good supporting one from Giancarlo Giannini. Delon plays a hard-drinking and gambling professor of poetry who is fascinated by the sullenness of a beautiful student(Sonia Petrovna) and gradually falls in love with her. He finds out through his gambling buddies that she is involved in a pornography-prostitution operation of some kind. Zurlini's great film uses a slightly over-the-top melodramatic style to delve deep into the existentialist despair of Delon's character as he hangs around the discos of a very liberal and swinging early '70s post-sexual-revolution Italy, depressed by all the empty people around him desperately trying to distract themselves any way they can. The underlying Antonioni-like theme of people trying to distract themselves and merge into a crowd rather than individuate and painfully grow is very similar to that of "Desert of the Tartars," a film that couldn't be more different than "The Professor" on the surface. Dario Di Palma's deep-focus color cinematography in this film is one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous displays of virtuosity this side of Carlo Di Palma's soft-focus work in Antonioni's "Red Desert."


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