|A PLACE FOR LOVERS (AMANTI) (director/writer: Vittorio De Sica; screenwriters: Cesare Zavattini/Julian Halevy/Peter Baldwin/Ennio De Concini/Tonino Guerra/from the play Amanti by Brunello Rondi and Renaldo Cabieri; cinematographer: Pasquale De Santis; editor: Adriana Novelli; music: Manual De Sica; cast: Marcello Mastroianni (Valerio), Faye Dunaway (Julia), Caroline Mortimer (Maggie), Karin Engh (Griselda), Esmeralda Ruspoli (Attorney's Wife); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Arthur Cohn/Carlo Ponti; MGM; 1968-Italy/France-in Italian with English subtitles)|
weren't for the gorgeous location shots of the
Italian Alps, I would have dozed off."
by Dennis Schwartz
De Sica ("Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow"/"A Brief Vacation"/"The Garden of
Finzi-Continis") lazily directs this hokey romantic
misfire. It's soap opera friendly. The five
screenwriters keep stepping over each other for lines
and are confused of what to make of the play by Brunello
Rondi and Renaldo Cabieri. If it weren't
for the gorgeous location shots of the Italian Alps, I
would have dozed off. Marcello Mastroianni and
Faye Dunaway team up to play a pair of
star-crossed lovers, who are 'beautiful people' but
can't make the stagey dialogue less clunky. At least
Faye looks hot and Marcello looks receptive.
divorcée fashion designer Julia (Faye
Dunaway) is staying in a luxury villa near
Venice, that her friend lets her use. She watches
Italian engineer Valero (Marcello
Mastroianni) being interviewed on TV. He
was the stranger who gave her his
calling card at an airport and told her to call. Now
she impulsively calls him and by evening they're in
the sack. When other hedonist guests arrive that
night, an orgy takes place. This ticks Valero off and
he splits. But don't despair, the pic is not over.
Julia hooks up with Valero the next day, as she
catches him testing a new racing car
accident-prevention device at the autodrome
and when he catches another look at her bod they
get it on again together this time at an Italian
Alpine chalet. When Maggie (Caroline
Mortimer), Julia's friend and
business partner, lets Valero know that Julia is
terminally ill and should be hospitalized so that
the morphine can ease the pain in the last stages of
her illness, Valero understands why she's so easy.
In the end, Valero prevents her from suicide, and she
accepts his love as a source of strength in her last
debatable whether this illness-dying romancer is
better or worse than Love Story. If you are curious,
this is the film for you. As for me, I almost died
from sadness watching both manipulative flicks.
REVIEWED ON 8/31/2014 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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