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Le ragazze di San Frediano (1955)

The story deals with the amorous escapades of handsome garage mechanic Bob (Antonio Cifariello).

Director:

Valerio Zurlini

Writers:

Leonardo Benvenuti (story), Piero De Bernardi (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Cifariello ... Andrea Sernesi aka Bob
Rossana Podestà ... Tosca
Giovanna Ralli ... Mafalda Panini
Marcella Mariani Marcella Mariani ... Gina
Giulia Rubini ... Silvana Biagini
Luciana Liberati Luciana Liberati ... Loretta
Corinne Calvet ... Bice
Adriano Micantoni Adriano Micantoni ... Guido Sernesi, Bob's brother
Gianni Minervini Gianni Minervini ... Aldo, the barman (as Giovanni Minervini)
Sergio Raimondi Sergio Raimondi ... Gianfranco, Silvana's fiancé
Mitzi Roman Mitzi Roman ... Mitzi, Bice's assistant
Alberto Archetti Alberto Archetti
Ada Bartolucci Ada Bartolucci
Boris Cappelli Boris Cappelli ... Boris, Bob's assistant
Cesarina Cecconi Cesarina Cecconi
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The story deals with the amorous escapades of handsome garage mechanic Bob (Antonio Cifariello).

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 March 1955 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girls of San Frediano See more »

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Lux Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An Hilarious neo-realist comedy with Brains courtesy of Maestro Zurlini
31 January 2001 | by Aw-komonSee all my reviews

Zurlini's first film is already his first superlative-worthy masterpiece, a fantastically perceptive neo-realist comedy beautifully shot by the legendary Gianni di Venanzo in superpoetic, perfectly contrasted, deep-focus, state of the art mid-'50s black and white. It depicts the wiles and seduction techniques of a working class Don Juan named Bob (after Robert Taylor) as he goes around trying to make full use of his attractiveness to women, attempting to balance unscrupulous behavior and a need for freedom with cultural pressures and a relatively soft heart. Needless to say, he ends up biting a little more than he can chew on and farce makes its entrance, Italian style. There aren't many films that keep a smile on your face from beginning to end simply because there's no need to cut through some thick hypocritical B.S. to get to the essentials, the 'truths,' a film universally valid about almost every observation that it makes--Zurlini's "Girls of San Frediano" is one of them. Zurlini's art is based on his own poetic variation on the moral imperatives of neo-realism, firmly rooted in the significance he gives to ambiguous reality above any film-editing that pins things down to one interpretation, the way 99.9% of Hollywood films and European Cinema-of-Quality films were made, always telling you exactly what to think, in case you happened to have any doubts. `The Girls of San Frediano'manages to be accessible and amusing to almost anyone without sacrifcing wit in the process. The cultured wit of Zurlini turns the film into a psychological study of human vanity in action worthy of Rohmer, Bunuel, and Fellini, captured in all its essentials and held up for examination, interpretation, and true enlightenment.


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