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The Immortal Bachelor (1975)

A mezzanotte va la ronda del piacere (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | November 1976 (USA)
Tina is on trial for the murder of her lover, Gino. The violent nature of their relationship, revealed in the trial, seems to make obvious that she accidentally killed him during a fight. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Cardinale ... Gabriella Sansoni
Vittorio Gassman ... Andrea Sansoni
Renato Pozzetto ... Fulvio
Monica Vitti ... Tina Candela
Giancarlo Giannini ... Gino Benacio
Pino Locchi Pino Locchi ... Pubblico Ministero
Silvio Spaccesi Silvio Spaccesi ... Defense Attorney
Enzo Visconti Enzo Visconti
Nando Villella Nando Villella ... (as Nando Vilella)
Nino Scardina Nino Scardina ... Court Clerk
Giorgio Trestini Giorgio Trestini ... Emilio Borghi
Maurizio Tocchi Maurizio Tocchi
Giovanna Gentile Giovanna Gentile ... Zia
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Paola Maiolini Paola Maiolini ... Lena


Tina is on trial for the murder of her lover, Gino. The violent nature of their relationship, revealed in the trial, seems to make obvious that she accidentally killed him during a fight. The lone female jury member compares her life to Tina's and, believing her to be innocent, sets out on her own to find a missing witness that can prove Tina's innocence. Written by Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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Enfuriating movie - but Monica Vitti ...
11 July 2007 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

In Michelangelo Antonioni's famous movies (l'avventura, l'eclisse, il deserto rosso) this extremely beautiful actress always seems remote and unapproachable. But she also has a great talent for comedy, general slapstick and pratfalls included. In this movie she can show off this side of her talents. She really is the center of attention, other big Italian stars like Gassmann, Cardinale and Giannini are more like a support. She has a lot of screen time and frequently speaks to the camera, explaining some story points.

The story unfortunately stinks. It is about relationships between men and women - i. e. basically wife beating. Women are slapped around a whole lot, and, mind you it is supposed to be a comedy. Vitti's character has to stand trial because during a fight she pushed her lover into an open sewer. During a re enacting of the crime an inflatable flesh colored doll is thrown into the deep brown liquid and then shown floating toward the turning spirals of a purification plant. One spiral catches the doll and squashes it until it bursts. This is shown in every detail, like some great joke. It should give you an idea of the mood that prevails here. I must say, however, that on the whole it is a stylish and well photographed movie.

As a matter of fact it is one of those flicks one would like to re edit and shorten to about half of its lentgh. Then I think it could be good entertainment, especially for fans of Monica Vitti. According to the data available on IMDb she was well above 40 when this movie was made (Giannini, her partner here, is more than 10 years younger) which is hardly believable. They really put her in a very good light here, this I have to admit.

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