Women love handsome Antonio because they think of him as the perfect lover. But he has problems to fullfill this ideal and Barbara only notices his failures when they are married. When the town learns about his trouble they start laughing at him.
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Golden Sail of the Locarno Film Festival. A film that is about male impotence from the first to the last scene. It could be boring but it isn't thanks to Bolognini and Pasolini who co-signed the screenplay. Bolognini took care of the interiors's design and the actors' direction and Pasolini of the filming of the streets of Catania, Sicily and the involvement of Religion and Family in a couple problem. Masterpiece.
Un gran lavoro,dal taglio sarcastico,drammatico e polemico verso una società che dietro l ossessione per il sesso nasconde un vuoto incredibile.Mastroianni è meraviglioso come al solito,sorretto da una bellissima,ambigua ed opportunista Cardinale. Il finale è straziante e mostra perfettamente la grande falsità che si nasconde dietro i cosiddetti "valori".Un grande film italiano,non a caso sceneggiato da Pasolini.
Marcello Mastroianni plays a longtime playboy who marries the daughter of a wealthy local after he returns to his hometown from Rome only for the entire community to realize he's impotent and unable to perform his husbandly duties. A tight, acid script from Pasolini, where we are made to understand that Mastroianni's inability to perform may actually be a blessing to those never wanting to conform to expectation.
A movie with great potential; however poorly treated by script & direction. The sexual vibe(s) of Mr. Mastroianni & Mrs. Cardinale is (are) amazing. Incredibile! I wonder why the movie didn't invest much more in it. Instead it deals with too much family honor issues, macho culture, omnipresent influence of the Catholic Churc and fascism; and ... fritters away. Unfortunately it almost totally lacks emotion. 2,5 stars.