IL LAVORO – Episodio di Boccaccio ’70

Luchino Visconti

Sog.: dal racconto Au bord du lit (1883) di Guy de Maupassant. Scen.: Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Luchino Visconti. F.: Giuseppe Rotunno. M.: Mario Serandrei. Scgf.: Mario Garbuglia. Mus.: Nino Rota. Int.: Romy Schneider (Pupe), Tomas Milian (conte Ottavio), Romolo Valli (avvocato Zacchi), Paolo Stoppa (avvocato Alcamo). Prod.: Carlo Ponti, Tonino Cervi per Cineriz, Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica, Francinex, Gray-Film. DCP. D.: 55’. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Dear di Carlo,
As you know, the producers gave the filmmakers free rein to choose the subject of their individual “episode” and nobody knew what the others had in mind. For my part, I could not imagine a worse situation. Fortunately, I became aware of the topic Monicelli had selected for his sketch (since I collaborated on the screenplay) and so I had the idea of suggesting to Visconti a modern interpretation of one of Maupassant’s stories, Au bord du lit, because I thought that the stories of these two Milanese couples – Monicelli’s workers and Visconti’s aristocrats would work well together, or better would create an effective contrast.
And that is it – at least in terms of the “birth” of Visconti’s sketch.
As for the screenplay, there was first of all a brilliant dialogue written by Roussin. If it is true, as I have already noted, that we stole the starting point for the sketch from a story by Maupassant, Visconti’s and my intention was to make use of the situation faced by Maupassant’s characters to satirise two characters in a very specific Italian setting. For this reason, we wrote a brand new version, which is the one that Visconti then filmed and which I am sending you now.

Suso Cecchi d’Amico
Boccaccio ’70 di De Sica, Fellini, Monicelli, Visconti, edited by Carlo di Carlo and Gaio Fratini, Cappelli, Bologna 1962

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Restored in 2014 by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale at the Cinecittà Deluxe laboratory with funding provided by Dolce & Gabbana, from the original negative print provided by Surf Film and Video 2/Rti