The next meeting of UCL’s Italian Film Club will take place this coming Thursday at 6pm with a screening of La Donna della Domenica (Luigi Comencini, 1975).
An architect with a shady reputation is found murdered in a hot and deserted summer Turin. By an extraordinary web of circumstances suspicion falls on Massimo, a member of Turin’s high society (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Annacarla Dosio (Jacqueline Bisset), his woman friend, much to the embarrassment of the local police. The investigator, Inspector Santamaria (Marcello Mastroianni), matches the subtlety of the charmingly snobbish suspects, for whom a man of his type is a beguiling novelty, as they are for him.
Based on the delightful murder mystery by the same title by Fruttero & Lucentini, the film is rich and entertaining, with fully rounded and unforgettable characters. The visceral curiosity about who done it furnishes the suspense on the surface level. At the some time, however, the watcher is constantly delighted by the wit and charm with which the screenwriters and actors handle the inquiry. Two love stories, one escalating, the other disintegrating, are brought to beginning and end in the wake of the murder, generating their own suspense.
Please, note that the film will be in Italian with Italian subtitles.
Hope to see you there!