Ettore Scola

Int. tit.: Let’s Talk about Women. Sog., Scen.: Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola. F.: Alessandro D’Eva. M.: Marcello Malvestiti. Scgf.: Arrigo Breschi. Mus.: Armando Trovajoli. Interpreti: Vittorio Gassman, Antonella Lualdi. Produzione: Mario Cecchi Gori per Fair Film, Les Films Concordia. 35mm. D.: 4’. Bn.

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

It is an uneven film, where everything does not seem to be perfectly in place and which marked Ettore Scola’s accidental transition from screenwriter to director (“But why don’t you direct it? Gassman and Cecchi Gori asked me. And I accepted”). Here lessons learned from satirical journalism, in particular the ability to interpret the degeneration of national customs, can be clearly found. In the episode with Gassman and Lualdi, we discover the girl has an ‘appointment’ that must not be missed after the director ‘played’ for a long time with Gassman’s public image, which had been consecrated by films such as Il mattatore, Il sorpasso and I mostri, vain and assured of himself and his success, which not even the ‘bride-to-be’ seems able to resist. It is a sort of critical cross-section of the actor, exposed for his narcissism and pomposity, which comes through thanks to a laxity in morality from which you can clearly work out where Italy is heading and which Scola’s following films would explain.

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