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Ernesto (1979)

Triest in the year 1911. Ernesto is the priviliged, seventeen year old son of a jewish mother and a non-jewish father, who has deserted his family. He is raised by his uncle Giovanni and ... See full summary »

Director:

Salvatore Samperi

Writers:

Umberto Saba (novel), Barbara Alberti | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Halm ... Ernesto
Michele Placido ... The Man
Virna Lisi ... Ernesto's Mother
Turi Ferro ... Carlo Wilder
Lara Wendel ... Ilio / Rachele (US: Emilio / Rachel)
Gisela Hahn ... Signora Luzzato, Mother of Ilio and Rachele (as Gisela Hann)
Stefano Madia ... Ernesto's friend Andrea
Francisco Marsó Francisco Marsó ... Uncle Giovanni
Miranda Nocelli Miranda Nocelli ... Prostitute Sandra
Concha Velasco ... Aunt Regina (as Conchita Velasco)
Renato Salvatori ... Cesco
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Triest in the year 1911. Ernesto is the priviliged, seventeen year old son of a jewish mother and a non-jewish father, who has deserted his family. He is raised by his uncle Giovanni and his moaning aunt Regina, who send him to work at the office of a trading company. Ernesto doesn't take his new job very serious, he wants to become a violin player. One day when he is alone in the storage, he is approached by a young stablehand, to whom he has given working orders before. They agree to meet. Ernesto is very aware of the sexual intentions of the man. He is curious and starts having sex with the man frequently. But after an overwhelming heterosexual experience with a prostitute, he decides to avoid any further contact with the man. He quits his job and concentrates on studying the violin. During a concert, Ernesto meets a 15 year old violin player of classic beauty called Emilio. The two boys start an intense friendship that is troubled by jealousy and possessiveness. Untill Emilio ... Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 January 1979 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 72877 delivered on 23-12-1978. See more »

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14 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

Set in 1911 Trieste, this is the story of a homosexual relationship between a 16 year old middle-class office clerk (Martin Halm) and an older common laborer (Michele Placido). Although the film has erotic sequences, some of them of great tenderness, its real intent is in the portrayal of a young, social-climbing manipulator. Ernesto eventually ditches the laborer and becomes enamored of young twins (one a boy, the other a girl!) from a wealthy family. The scenes in which the twins, both played by lovely Lara Wendel, flirt amorously with Ernesto are equal to anything from the films of Francois Truffaut. His possible marriage to the girl hints to him that he can have it both ways, the boy and the girl! This is really a film that appeals to all audiences and won numerous accolades at film festivals and during its limited release. It is based on a controversial novel in Triestino dialect by poet Umberto Saba, controversial because of its frank and unapologetic narration of love between an adult man and an adolescent boy. The movie also boasts Virna Lisi as Ernesto's worried mom, has marvelous period backgrounds and a very captivating musical score. It is an ironic, witty delight.


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