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Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...' (1973)

When a friend is murdered by the Facists, a melancholy farmer takes up residence in a Roman brothel as he and an anarchist prostitute plot to assassinate Mussolini.

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Lina Wertmüller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Antonio Soffiantini 'Tunin'
Mariangela Melato ... Salomè
Eros Pagni Eros Pagni ... Giacinto Spatoletti
Pina Cei Pina Cei ... Madame Aïda
Elena Fiore ... Donna Carmela
Giuliana Calandra
Isa Bellini Isa Bellini
Isa Danieli Isa Danieli ... Prostitute
Enrica Bonaccorti ... Prostitute
Anna Bonaiuto ... Prostitute
Anita Branzanti Anita Branzanti ... Prostitute
Maria Sciacca Maria Sciacca ... Prostitute
Anna Melato Anna Melato ... Prostitute
Gea Linchi Gea Linchi ... Prostitute
Anna Stivala Anna Stivala ... Prostitute
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Storyline

Determined to continue where his friend left off, Tunin, a freckled peasant anarchist, arrives in Rome with the intention to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Under those circumstances, the resolute idealist will be welcomed in the town's first-rate brothel as the cousin of his contact, the devoted revolutionary, Salomè, who works there as a prostitute. However, things will soon get complicated, when Tunin who falls in love with one of the girls, the young Tripolina, will find himself on the verge of failure, torn between ideals and passion. Will the love-smitten patriot succeed in his cause? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 February 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor y anarquía See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Salome: What would happen if all women stopped their soldiers at the door during war?
Tripolina: You die in war. It would be great if every mother did that. Why not? Why? For history? For justice? They've been fighting since the creation of the world. Explain it to me, all this justice. The dead stay dead, and that's it.
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Alternate Versions

For the initial American release, editor Fima Noveck created a prologue which featured a montage of photos of Mussolini, along with a crawl explaining his rise to power and the violent activities sanctioned in his name during his reign. See more »

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References The Sheik (1921) See more »

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Canzone arrabbiata
Written by Nino Rota and Lina Wertmüller
Performed by Anna Melato
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Lots of anarchy but very little love
30 November 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

The well-regarded director Wertmuller made this movie which is a slow study into how brutality and violence can be saved my love in my opinion. It is very operatic which is how she chose to attack it. The direction, I can say is flawless but the movie feels incomplete. First, I am more the director who uses visual images rather than hammy stagey dialogue to tell their stories. Carnini is the only actor who does not use a pantomime, overexagerrated style in the movie until the very end, while everybody else does. It softens the impact of the movie as it is the quieter moments that carry real weight. The style of direction is very narchiac with wonderful wide shots and good editing creating an effigy of exuberance over the picture. Most of the picture set in an italian bordello where the fascists of italy stay is a place for both love between carnini and pesilamo. Images are beautiful, and certain individual scenes work while others don't. We are left with a great understanding of what love must feel like but the brutality of man is never explained. It esssentially sets up the theory that all fascists are naturally evil. The ending tells us it is the stoty of one man while the movie sets it up as the story of every man. This the best explanation I can give without speaking too much about its plot. Wertmuller was much better in Swept away and seven beauties. But for an introduction to Wertmuller, and arty Italian cinema of the sixties and seventies which dealt very operaticly with evils of fascism.


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