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The Sunday Woman (1975)

La donna della domenica (original title)
Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino's high society. Santamaria suspect ... See full summary »


Luigi Comencini


Carlo Fruttero (novel) (as Fruttero), Franco Lucentini (novel) (as Lucentini) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Commissioner Salvatore Santamaria
Jacqueline Bisset ... Anna Carla Dosio
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Massimo Campi
Aldo Reggiani ... Lello Riviera
Maria Teresa Albani Maria Teresa Albani ... Virginia Tabusso
Omero Antonutti ... Benito
Gigi Ballista Gigi Ballista ... Vollero
Fortunato Cecilia Fortunato Cecilia ... Nicosia (as Renato Cecilia)
Claudio Gora ... Garrone
Franco Nebbia ... Bonetto
Lina Volonghi Lina Volonghi ... Ines Tabusso
Pino Caruso Pino Caruso ... Police Commissioner De Palma
Mario Ferrero Mario Ferrero ... Vittorio Dosio
Giuseppe Anatrelli Giuseppe Anatrelli ... The Chief of Police
Antonio Orlando Antonio Orlando ... The Barber


Police commissioner Santamaria is investigating the murdering of the ambiguous architect Mr. Garrone. The investigations soon drive him into the Torino's high society. Santamaria suspect Anna Carla and at the same time falls in love for her. Lello is the lover of Massimo, a homosexual platonic friend of Anna Carla. He is following another direction in order to find out the truth, and his results are confusing the Policeman. But another murdering happens... Written by 1felco

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The police have the victim, the weapon and the suspect. What they don't have is the Sunday Woman. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


R | See all certifications »

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Featured in V.I.P.-Schaukel: Episode #6.3 (1976) See more »


Written by Mario Casacci, Alberto Ciambricco, Leonardo Cortese
Performed by Sergio Leonardi
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Diet Giallo, but great anyway
3 March 2019 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Lightweight, afternoon tea-like Giallo with subtle humour and a nice performance by Marcello Mastrioanni. A kind of Marks and Spencer


In Turin, dirty old man/architect Garrone goes about his daily business of looking up woman's skirts, making optimistic passes at young waitresses, and ruining high class are exhibitions. Meanwhile, bored housewife Anna is tuning out her older husband ramblings and thinking about a pointless argument she's having with her possible lover Massimo (Jean-Luis Trintigant). They are arguing about how to pronounce the word Boston, by the way, and this architect Garrone has stuck his nib in about it. Clearly venting, Anna writes a letter where she thinks Massimo and herself should kill Garrone.

Garrone ends up being beaten to death by a giant stone phallus and Anna regrets writing that letter as her two newly-fired house staff take the letter to the police. The man in charge of the case is Marcello Mastrioanni and he's a bit uncomfortable with this whole upper class thing. The bored Anna and the even more bored Massimo start treating the whole thing like a game and start doing their own investigations.

Complicating things further is the revelation that Massimo isn't Anna's lover, as he's in a turbulent gay relationship Lello. While it's refreshing to see an actual gay relationship in an Italian movie from this era, rather than a man in drag battering policeman with a handbag and screaming that he's all woman, these two bicker like fiends and you wonder what Lello is thinking when he also starts his own investigation into the murder to save his relationship with Massimo.

The more Marcello digs, the more dirt he finds as it seems that no one has an alibi and everyone seems to be up to something. He now also has to contend with two eccentric sisters who have trouble with hooker using their garden for business, a mysterious car that's following people around and a stonemason business that specializes in stone phalluses

There's not a great deal of murder here but plenty of mystery, and Marcello Mastrioanni's laid back, bemused cop wanders through a world he doesn't understand, with a few sidekicks, many, many meals, and plenty of discussion about Sicilians, Sardinians, and Piedmontians. It's quite a long film for a giallo and even though it's trash free, my mind didn't wander at all while watching it.

Nice Ennio Morricone soundtrack too - but do i have to say that?

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14 April 1976 (France) See more »

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