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Passion of Love (1981)

Passione d'amore (original title)
In the 1860s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier, is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He ... See full summary »

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Ettore Scola

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Iginio Ugo Tarchetti (novel), Ruggero Maccari (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Valeria D'Obici Valeria D'Obici ... Fosca
Bernard Giraudeau ... Capt. Giorgio Bacchetti
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Doctor (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Massimo Girotti ... Colonel
Bernard Blier ... Maj. Tarasso
Gerardo Amato Gerardo Amato ... Lt. Baggi
Sandro Ghiani Sandro Ghiani ... Giorgio's attendant
Alberto Incrocci Alberto Incrocci ... Capt. Rivolti
Rosaria Schemmari Rosaria Schemmari ... Fosca's maid
Francesco Piastra Francesco Piastra ... Colonel's attendant
Saverio Vallone Saverio Vallone ... Blond lieutenant
Laura Antonelli ... Clara
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In the 1860s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier, is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He becames friends with the colonel and the local doctor (Trintignant). Among the inhabitants of the house there is a strange young woman: Fosca (d'Obici) who is both unattractive and mad. However, she has a passion that Giorgio will have to cope with. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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The restrictions of passion in an age when aristocratic life was played by the noble book.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 May 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Passion of Love See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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A masterful rendering of an epic of the heart....
29 July 2007 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

Ettore Scola's masterful rendering of this epic of the heart deserves a much wider audience. It is a worthy successor to the risorgimento classics such as Vischonti's Senso and Il Gattopardo, as well as Rosselini's Vanina,Vanini. The 19th century is indeed a fruitful source for Italian filmmakers. The period settings and trappings are beautifully realized here, but the story is timeless and could occur in any period. What is so intriguing in this story is that the hero becomes trapped in a claustrophobic situation in which he finds himself the vigorously pursued object of desire and he is quite powerless to extricate himself from the alarming circumstances. Handsome and callow Giorgio (Giraudeau) is frustrated by his inability to visit his charming but light-minded married mistress (Antonelli) and falls prey to the dangerous passion of enamored Fosca (D'Obici), the ugly and sickly daughter of his stern commander (Girotti). The resulting anguish and ensuing tragedy this unlikely pair undergoes make them both understandable, pitiful and immensely sympathetic to viewers. Bernard Giraudeau's stellar performance will captivate and leave a lasting impression. Not to be missed.


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