|I KNEW HER WELL (LO LA CONOSCEVO BENE) (director/writer: Antonio Pietrangeli; screenwriters: Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari; cinematographer: Armando Nannuzzi; editor: Franco Fraticelli; music: Benedetto Ghiglia /Piero Piccioni; cast: Stefania Sandrelli (Adriana Astarelli), Mario Adorf (Emilio Ricci, aka Bietolone), Nino Manfredi (Cianfanna), Jean-Claude Brialy (Dario Marchionni), Joachim Fuchsberger (The Writer), Enrico Maria Salerno (Roberto), Robert Hoffmann (Antonio), Ugo Tognazzi (Gigi Baggini), Franco Nero (Garage Attendant); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Turi Vasile; Medusa (The Criterion Collection); 1965-Italy-in Italian with subtitles)|
|"The grim drama works because of a
star performance by Sandrelli."
by Dennis Schwartz
Italian New Wave filmmaker Antonio
Visit"/"Phantom Lovers"/"The Girl From Parma") directs
and co-writes this bittersweet comedy, that is more a
satire of the detached and hedonistic 1960's Rome
society than funny. It's shot in black-and-white.
Co-writers Ettore Scola and Ruggero
Maccari keep it as a bleak moral drama.
character study film centers on a naive young
working-class actress from the country, Adrianna (Stefania
Sandrelli), who arrives in Rome and aspires to be a
star. The actress must survive working at odd jobs
while waiting for her big break. She has many sexual
romps while introduced into the fast lane of city
life. She finds that in whatever work she procures,
she's trapped in a chauvinist working environment and
gets disconnected from her traditional family.
grim drama works because of a star performance by Sandrelli.
Its opening beach shot introduces us to what this
story is trying to tell us about modern Italian
society. There's a long shot of the sexy Sandrelli
sunbathing in a bikini while a
transistor radio plays loud rock music, until
she realizes she's late for work and rushes over to
the hairdresser shop that employs her. There she waits
in a back room until her middle-aged boss comes in for
his regular sex with her, seemingly unaware of how
lost she is in her superficial materialist world.
REVIEWED ON 2/22/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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