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Scent of a Woman (1974)

Profumo di donna (original title)
An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every ... See full summary »

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Dino Risi
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Vittorio Gassman ... Il capitano Fausto Consolo
Alessandro Momo Alessandro Momo ... Giovanni Bertazzi, aka Ciccio
Agostina Belli ... Sara
Moira Orfei ... Mirka
Franco Ricci Franco Ricci ... Tenente Giacomino
Elena Veronese ... Michelina
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Stefania Spugnini Stefania Spugnini ... Candida
Torindo Bernardi Torindo Bernardi ... Vincenzo
Marisa Volonnino Marisa Volonnino ... Ines
Carla Mancini ... Nun
Alvaro Vitali ... Vittorio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergio Di Pinto Sergio Di Pinto ... Raffaele
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Storyline

An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every situation, nicknames the youth Ciccio ("Babyfat"), and spends the next few days ordering him about and generally behaving badly in public. In Rome, Fausto summons a priest to ask for his blessing; in Naples, where Fausto joins a blind lieutenant for drinking and revelry, the two soldiers talk quietly and seriously about "going through with it." Also in Naples is Sara, in love with Fausto, but treated cruelly by him. What do the blind soldiers plan? Can Sara soften Fausto's hardened heart? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Scent of a Woman See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,998
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dean Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alessandro Momo (Giovanni Bertazzi, aka Ciccio) died on 20 November 1974 (shortly after the shooting of the movie was completed) in Rome, Italy (motorcycle accident) not far from the filming locations. See more »

Quotes

Raffaele: Where would be the harm? A man is a man. And Sara is a good looking broad.
Giovanni Bertazzi, aka Ciccio: She's a good girl. That's it.
Raffaele: So what if she's a good girl? Shouldn't a guy try to get with her?
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Connections

Remade as Amir El Zalam (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ricordati di me
Written by Gigli, Gaetano Amendola (as Amendola), Ezio Leoni (as Leoni)
Performed by Peppino Gagliardi
Edizioni CAM
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Original Hard to Beat
2 May 2005 | by bobbygmtSee all my reviews

It is some time since I have seen both versions of the film, but Dino Risi's original left an indelible mark, unlike the lightweight Hollywood incarnation. The dark, atmospheric "Profumo di Donna" showcases a powerful performance by Vitorrio Gassman - "non sono un leone" reverberates with the tragic realisation of a strong man defeated. Hollywood is so adept at picking a good story well told and churning it out in the familiar mould - big budget, big name lead - but, hey - horses for courses! Most English speaking viewers can't be discomfited to read subtitles and, unless a film is dubbed, would gladly deny its virtue.


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