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Il segno di Venere (1955)

Agnese has many men who woo her and live with her cousin Cesira Franca Valeri, who has the opposite problem with men and wishes she would also have men woo her.


Dino Risi


Edoardo Anton (story), Luigi Comencini (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Agnese Tirabassi
Franca Valeri Franca Valeri ... Cesira
Vittorio De Sica ... Alessio Spano
Raf Vallone ... Ignazio Bolognini
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Padre di Agnese
Tina Pica ... Zia Tina
Lina Gennari Lina Gennari ... Signora Pina
Eloisa Cianni ... Daisy
Leopoldo Trieste ... Pittore
Maurizio Arena ... Maurice
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Dottore
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena ... Elvira
Mario Meniconi Mario Meniconi ... Vigile Urbano
Furio Meniconi ... Proprietario della trattoria
Anita Durante Anita Durante ... Madre di Agnese


Agnese has many men who woo her and live with her cousin Cesira Franca Valeri, who has the opposite problem with men and wishes she would also have men woo her.

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Release Date:

13 March 1955 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sign of Venus See more »

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Production Co:

Titanus See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cesira: Morning, Uncle. Sleep well?
Padre di Agnese: You take my paper?
Cesira: Which one?
Padre di Agnese: "The Messenger".
Cesira: No.
Padre di Agnese: As soon as it arrives, it disappears. It's my paper. You're not allowed to touch it! Papers mustn't be read by women who can't understand!
Zia Tina: The paper's in here! Already screaming this early, eh?
Padre di Agnese: I'll scream when I like! This is my house! I paid and furnished it! And I want to scream!
Zia Tina: Scream out there! This is the kitchen! And only I can scream in it!
[they both scream together]
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Women are from Venus.....
31 January 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Although not perhaps regarded as 'major' Risi this is a very pleasing and entertaining film with an excellent cast. Sophia Loren had just 'scored' in 'L'Oro di Napoli' and by all accounts de Sica is still the 'guiding hand' here. De Sica himself is as always immaculate whilst Sordi and Vallone never disappoint. It is the performance of Franca Valeri in probably her greatest role as the forlorn, luckless-in-love Cesira that steals the show. Valeri also had a hand in the script as the film was originally intended to be directed by Comencini and built around the character of the same name that she had created on radio and television. Comencini pulled out and the Risi-de Sica-Loren triumvirate moved in. Valeri still manages to come out best however. She was to excel in 'Il Vedovo' three years later for the same director. The most striking and unusual credit is that of the Production Designer: a certain Carl Theodor Dreyer!

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