The next meeting of the Italian Film Club will take place on Thursday 8 December with a screening of Ettore Scola’s C’eravamo tanto amati (1974).
The film follows the lives, over thirty years, of three former Resistance fighters, Antonio (Nino Manfredi), Gianni (Vittorio Gassman) and Nicola (Stefano Satta Flores) and it recounts the changes and disillusions they have to face when, as one of the characters remarks, “scoppia la pace”. In the first part of the movie, shot in Black&White, the three friends go for different lives. Antonio starts working as a hospital orderly in Rome whilst Gianni becomes a lawyer in Pavia and Nicola works as a teacher in Nocera Inferiore, a small centre in the Italian south. After a few years, both Gianni and Nicola move to Rome and reunite with Antonio. From this point onwards things get a bit complicated for them and their destinies become intertwined also through the character of Luciana (Stefania Sandrelli), a young actress with whom they all fall in love.
The authors attempt to portray, through the movie’s characters, the political and social confusion that followed the end of the war in Italy. Each of the characters represents a different political approach. Antonio, who stays true to his Resistance beliefs, represents the Communist Party; Nicola, the intellectual of the group, is passionate and full of ideals, but ultimately ineffectual, whereas Gianni embodies that sort of idealism that ends up compromising itself with power and money. The constant undertone of melancholy and sadness and the masterly camera work make this movie all the more impressive.
Please note that the film will be in Italian with Italian subtitles only.
Hope to see you there!