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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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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 Elena Veronese ... Michelina
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Stefania Spugnini Stefania Spugnini ... Candida
Torindo Bernardi Torindo Bernardi ... Vincenzo
Marisa Volonnino Marisa Volonnino ... Ines
Carla Mancini 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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Scent of a Woman See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dean Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Remade in 1992 with Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell. See more »

Quotes

Il capitano Fausto Consolo: You know what I am?
Giovanni Bertazzi, aka Ciccio: No.
Il capitano Fausto Consolo: The eleven of spades.
Giovanni Bertazzi, aka Ciccio: It doesn't exist.
Il capitano Fausto Consolo: That's the point. A card that's not in the pack. Good for no game.
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Connections

Remade as Scent of a Woman (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Reginella
Written by Gaetano Lama (as Lama), Libero Bovio (as Bovio)
Edizioni LA CANZONETTA
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Vittorio Gassman was not properly an almost anonymous actor.
28 July 2006 | by michelelazzeriniSee all my reviews

I just wanted to outline that Vittorio Gassman has been one of the most famous and skilled and talented Italian actor ever. Dino Risi has made a great direction, but I guess it has been easy with Gassman. Al Pacino is a great actor, but in this case, if we should make comparisons between the two, Gassman in the original and Pacino in the remake...Gassman is much more powerful. All characters in this original version seem to be much more real and strong, and seem to be much more appropriate to fit where this story comes from, the novel of Arpino. The soundtrack then is something no one should miss to notice: Trovaioli has been almost forgotten indeed.


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