The Italian Film Club’s last meeting before the Christmas break is coming up with a screening of Io la conoscevo bene (Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965).
Revolving around the themes of loneliness and alienation, Pietrangeli’s sombre drama focuses on Adriana (Stefania Sandrelli), a naive countryside girl who dreams of a career as a star in Rome. In the big city she gets caught up in a series of affairs that are just for fun, only to become severely depressed when she desperately looks for a more meaningful relationship. The only men she finds sympathy with are a battered boxer (Mario Adorf) and a publicity agent (Nino Manfredi). Adriana’s dreams are crushed to the point of considering suicide as the only viable option.
Adriana is depicted as an extrovert girl who tries her best to socialize and befriend people but whose results are usually disappointing and frustrating. People either ignore her, use her or make fun of her. Nobody seems to be taking her seriously and indifference will ultimately ask for a price. The cast is made up of many famous Italian stars , each of them playing only small episodes. The soundtrack by Piero Piccioni accompanies Adriana’s descent into depression suggesting a young life broken before it has had the chance to blossom. Stefania Sandrelli offers one of the defining performances of her career and depicts Adriana in a mature and confident way.
Please, note that the film will be in Italian with Italian subtitles only.