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Violent Summer (1959)

Estate violenta (original title)
Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. ... See full summary »


Valerio Zurlini


Valerio Zurlini (story and screenplay), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Roberta Parmesan
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Carlo Caremoli (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... La madre di Roberta
Raf Mattioli Raf Mattioli ... Giorgio
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Maddalena
Cathia Caro ... Serena
Giampiero Littera Giampiero Littera ... Daniele
Bruno Carotenuto Bruno Carotenuto ... Giulio
Tina Gloriani Tina Gloriani ... Emma
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Ettore Caremoli - il padre di Carlo
Jacqueline Sassard ... Rosanna
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Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. Then, on the beach, he meets Roberta, a war widow with a child. Roberta's mother warns Roberta to avoid Carlo, but to her, he seems attentive and to her daughter he is kind. Romance develops. Within a few weeks, Roberta is risking everything. Can there be a resolution between passion, on the one hand, and war, duty, and social expectation on the other? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Did You Know?


Eleanora Rossi Drago, who attended the March 1960 Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina, came home with the award for best performance by an actress ,for this film. See more »


Although set in 1943, settings, clothing and hairstyles are from the late 1950s. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was shown in Latin America, the first sexual encounter between the lovers had two different versions: in one of them, they were naked in bed making love. In the other, the dialogue was the same, but they were fully dressed lying on the beach. Both versions ran simultaneously in different movie theaters. See more »


References S.O.S. Submarine (1941) See more »


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Written by Mario Nascimbene and Riccardo Pazzaglia
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A film too good to be forgotten
4 April 2020 | by frankde-jongSee all my reviews

Valerio Zurlini (1926 - 1982) was essentialy forgotten when in the 2000's his films were again brought under the attention of the public by way of DVD releases and retrospectives. Although Zurlini may not be an Fellini or Visconti, his films are still worth seeinig.

"Violent summer" is situated in the summer of 1943. The war is going badly for Fascist Italy but, unlike the population in Germany in "Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam" (1957, Robert Siodmak), Carlo (Jean Louis Trintignant) and his friends are still living the "dolce vita". They are in the Northern of Italy while the allied forces are invading the South. They are, so to speak, dancing on the edge of the volcano.

The violence in "Violent summer" is restricted to the last 10 minutes of the film. The rest of the time the film is rather slow, with beautiful cinematography.

"Violent summer" has two themes. In the first place it is about a rich boy (Carlo) who is using the influence of his dad to avoid military conscription. In this way it is similar to "The cranes are flying" (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov). In "The cranes ..." the boy is presented as a disgrace and compared to the real heroes in this patriotic war. In "Violent summer" the behavior of Carlo is partly overshadowed by the second theme of impossible love. Carlo gets a relationship with war widow Roberta (Eleonora Rossi Drago). This relationship is condemned by friends and relatives on both sides. On the side of Carlo there is a jalous girl friend. The family of Roberta is of the opinion she should honor the memory of her deceased husband. In fact they try to make this 30 year old woman a prisoner of this memory.

In the ambiguous end it is unclear which theme is dominant.

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Release Date:

14 November 1959 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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