Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war, full of illusions, they settle down. The movie is a the story of the life of these three idealists and how they deal with the inevitable disillusionments of life.Written by
This movie pays homage to many well known films from the golden era of Italian cinema. The character Luciana Zanon has a lot in common with the character Adriana Astarelli of "Io la conoscevo bene" (I Knew Her Well, 1965), both played by Stefania Sandrelli. Both characters are small town girls looking to make it big in the movie business with mixed results and have to resort to working as lowly movie theater ushers at some point to make ends meet. See more »
Oh... and who is she?
She's a friend of mine.
She's hot. Have you slept with her?
Sleep Torquato, sleep. His lethargic encephalitis causes strong intellectual degradation.
Yeah right. You leave us alone and I'll show you the... the degradation.
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Director Ettore Scola weaves a sensitive comedy-drama about the friendship of three men and the one woman each has loved. The men meet each other near the end of the Nazi occupation of Italy. As the next thirty years pass they remain friends although their lives take very different paths and become tinged with sadness and regret. The woman who pops in and out of their lives is Luciana (Stefania Sandrelli), an aspiring actress whose career peaks when she is cast as an extra in a Fellini movie. The three perennial friends are played by Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi and Stefano Satta Flores. Veteran actor Aldo Fabrizi (the priest in OPEN CITY) does a remarkable turn as a powerful industrialist who is as grotesquely unlikeable as he is grotesquely corpulent. Film buffs will enjoy the way Scola has cleverly included footage of DeSica's THE BICYCLE THIEF along with scenes of De Sica explicating that famous movie of his. They will also enjoy a funny re-creation of the filming of the Trevi fountain scene from LA DOLCE VITA, complete with Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini. This is a very beautiful film about how individuals and society change over the years while friendship, "amicizia", remains an enduring value.
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