After a short break, the Italian Film Club at UCL is back for a new meeting.
On Thursday 31 January (at 6pm, Malet Place Eng 1.03) there will be a screening of Dino Risi’s Straziami ma di baci saziami (1968).
The romance between Marisa (Pamela Tiffin), a young factory worker, and Marino (Nino Manfredi), a barber, is stopped when her father opposes her relationship with the man. When rumors of an alleged fling between Marisa and another man during a pilgrimage to Assisi runs rampant in the small town, she leaves for Rome where she takes a job as an assistant to a deaf-mute tailor (Ugo Tognazzi) and eventually accepts his proposal of marriage. Desperate and destitute, Marino (who also moved to Rome to search for Marisa) attempts suicide and is hospitalized. His depression is cured though when he wins the lottery and starts attempting to reclaim his old love. Marisa and Marino rekindle their romance and plan the demise of her husband by planting a bomb in the stove…
The film cleverly parodies Italian photonovels and popular subculture. The events and the characters are over the top, Marisa and Marino communicate their love by quoting excerpts of famous pop songs and the dialogues are delightfully witty and full of amusing references. Dino Risi directs with levity one of the most successful Italian comedies of the late 1960s featuring brilliant performances by Nino Manfredi, Ugo Tognazzi and British actress Pamela Tiffin.
Hope to see you there!