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Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954)

Cronache di poveri amanti (original title)
In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of ... See full summary »

Director:

Carlo Lizzani

Writers:

Vasco Pratolini (novel), Sergio Amidei (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Gesuina
Cosetta Greco ... Elisa
Antonella Lualdi ... Milena
Marcello Mastroianni ... Ugo
Bruno Berellini Bruno Berellini ... Carlino Bencini
Irene Cefaro Irene Cefaro ... Clara
Adolfo Consolini Adolfo Consolini ... Corrado aka Maciste
Giuliano Montaldo ... Alfredo Campolmi
Gabriele Tinti ... Mario Parigi
Eva Vanicek Eva Vanicek ... Bianca Quagliotti
Wanda Capodaglio ... La Signora
Domenico Maggio Domenico Maggio ... (as Mimmo Maggio)
Andrea Petricca Andrea Petricca ... Nanni
Garibaldo Lucii Garibaldo Lucii ... Staderini
Mario Piloni Mario Piloni ... Osvaldo Liverani
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Storyline

In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of them. When Campolmi is beaten by the fascists, Mario meets Milena, Campolmi's wife, at the hospital and falls in love with her leaving Bianca. Then Maciste is killed, again by the fascists, Ugo is wounded and he seeks shelter in ^ÓSignora^Ô's house. Here he falls in love with Gesuina and the two marry. Campolmi dies, but Mario and Milena part themselves. Later Mario too is arrested by the police. Written by Piergiorgio Romani <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 February 1956 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of Poor Lovers See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film met with vehement opposition from the Italian government and was banned from export after it received the Special Jury Award at Cannes. See more »

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Italian EastEnders
26 May 2017 | by federovskySee all my reviews

Portrait of a working class community in Florence in the 1920s as the Fascists tighten their grip on society. It's set in a narrow street populated by market traders, cobblers, gossips, unfaithful wives, gangsters, with an old matriarch overseeing things from her window and the local Fascist on patrol down below. Mainly it follows the fortunes of three marriagable young women and their lovers, with, at the centre of the film, a brutal night of assassinations which changes the community forever.

It's quite dialogue-heavy - there's barely a moment without subtitles on the screen - and there's little humour, but it's well made and is suffused with a non-judgemental humanism that prevents things getting too morose. Mastroianni stands out among the cast, which includes an Olympic gold medalist discus thrower as a blacksmith. Particularly interesting to see a non-touristic side of Florence, when the place had a real lived-in feel.


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