L'Amore in città (Love in the City)

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Seven top Italian filmmakers pooled their talents on the omnibus "reality" feature Amore in Citta (Love in the City). The film is divided into six separate episodes; the first of these, "Paid Love", is a straightforward study of prosititution written and directed by Carlo Lizzani. In the second, Michelangelo Antonioni's "Attempted Suicide", several would-be suicides discuss the reasons for their despair. Dino Risi's "Paradise for Four Hours" is a humorous glance at a provincial dance hall. Federico Fellini's "Marriage Agency" finds an investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. Cesara Zavattini and Umberto Maselli's "Story of Caterina" dramatizes the true story of a young unwed mother. And "Italians Stare", written and directed by Alberto Lattuada, illustrates the various "girl-watching" techniques of Italian males. Among the actors particpating in the six vignettes are Ugo Tognazzi, Maressa Gallo, and Caterina Riogoglioso. Originally intended as the first installment in a "movie magazine" titled "The Spectator", Amore in Citta was released at 110 minutes; most American prints are bereft of the opening "Paid Love" segment. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for L'Amore in città (Love in the City)

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  • City is expectedly uneven, but retains insight and awareness, tinkering with verite touches while maintaining its cinematic posture.

    Sep 27, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for L'Amore in città (Love in the City)

  • Apr 26, 2010
    Five directors. Five stories. Before sex in the city, there was love. This uneven ensemble, predominantly from a feminine perspective, glimpses at the many facets of love in the city of Rome. Unsuccessful suicides, marriage agencies, the 'seduced and abandoned,' the dancehall and fleeting gazes. The tales by Fellini and Antonioni, respectively, are the weakest shorts ~ wonderful concepts, but their distinctive visions are still in development with these 1953 films. Maselli offers the most complete work and uniquely Italian situation of the 'seduced and abandoned.' I don't believe most Americans will understand the social and political factors involved with this fairly common and unfortunate situation. My favorite shorts were those by Dino Rosi and Alberto Lattuada. Rosi's concept of three hours in the paradise of the dance hall is well-executed and ripe with many characters and types of love. Lattuada's view is near perfect, delightful, distinctively Italian, sexy and humorous, all with almost no dialogue. This is not a great film; but it is a good film, definitely worth watching for the history and development of Italy and it's cinema.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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