Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Dramma Della Gelosia–Tutti I Particolari In Cronaca
Alternate title: Pizza Triangle, Jealousy–Italian Style
Italy/Spain, 1970. Dean Film, Jupiter Generale Cinematografica, Midega Film. Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Ettore Scola. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma. Produced by Pio Angeletti, Adriano De Micheli. Music by Armando Trovajoli. Production Design by Luciano Ricceri. Costume Design by Ezio Altieri. Film Editing by Alberto Gallitti.
It’s screwball hilarity all around when passionate flower seller Monica Vitti (at her sexiest) falls madly in love with married stonemason Marcello Mastroianni. After their torrid love affair cools off, Vitti finds herself even more passionately drawn to a pizzaiolo (Giancarlo Giannini) and then is torn between the two men. One of them exists deep in her heart while the other creates a fire in her loins; what’s a girl to do except try to have them both? Ettore Scola’s grungy comedy points lots of fingers at the hypocrisy of modern-day Italian society, with its one foot steeped in Catholic conservatism and its other trying to live up to the free-love generation, but he’s never bitter in his observations. These characters can’t really find their way to enjoy their carnal embraces, but their attempts are jolly fumbles, not evil sins, and whatever punishment they endure is simply the result of life’s mishaps and not a creator’s judgment (Vitti’s stints in the hospital, for instance, are a terrific source of laughs). The performances are superb, and Scola’s direction is at its finest: the film’s pace never flags for a second, the comedy is still rich after nearly forty years, and some of the visual gags (including lovemaking in the colourful garbage dumps of Rome) are unforgettable.
Cannes Film Festival Award: Best Actor (Marcello Mastroianni)