Saturday, 8 May 2010

L’amore in città

a film by Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Carlo Lizzani, Francesco Maselli, Dino Risi and Cesare Zavattini

Of six short films that comprise L’amore in città, the obvious winner is Un’ agenzia matrimoniale. The dream-like search of the marriage agency in a huge house (only children appear to know where it is) and the scene with the former police officer who works in the agency are classic Fellini. The final segment, Gli Italiani si voltano by Alberto Lattuada, is a hilarious observation of, well, Italian men who stare at beautiful Italian women. It gets a bit creepy toward the end. There are some charming moments in Paradiso per 3 ore by Dino Risi and Zavattini’s Storia di Caterina but, all in all, this movie did not age well.

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