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Poor But Beautiful (1957)

Poveri ma belli (original title)
Romolo and Salvatore are two young men that are neighbors and friends. They live with their parents in Piazza Navona in Rome. They are poor but handsome, and both fall in love with the beautiful Giovanna.

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Dino Risi (idea), Pasquale Festa Campanile (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Allasio ... Giovanna
Maurizio Arena ... Romolo Toccacieli
Renato Salvatori ... Salvatore
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Sor Alvaro
Lorella De Luca ... Marisa Toccacieli
Alessandra Panaro ... Anna Maria
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... Uncle Mario
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Giovanna's Father
Mario Ambrosino Mario Ambrosino
Rossella Como Rossella Como ... Jole
Marcello Avallone Marcello Avallone
Luciano Basso Luciano Basso
Luciano Berti Luciano Berti
Gildo Bocci Gildo Bocci ... Father of Romolo
Sergio Cardinaletti Sergio Cardinaletti
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Romolo and Salvatore are two young men that are neighbors and friends. They live with their parents in Piazza Navona in Rome. They are poor but handsome, and both fall in love with the beautiful Giovanna.

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Luxury for every man! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

August 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Poor But Beautiful See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene, Salvatore says he's going to commit suicide jumping off a bridge, Ponte Nuovo; actually, such bridge never existed in Rome. Indeed, the whole fake suicide-sequence was shot on Ponte Flaminio. See more »

Connections

Followed by Belle ma povere (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Buongiorno tristezza
Written by Giuseppe Fiorelli and Mario Ruccione
Performed by Claudio Villa
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Annoying and pointless
8 February 2019 | by michaelnothingSee all my reviews

The cinematography is more than capable, but that's almost the only virtue of this film. The plot is nearly non-existent, and everything revolves around sexist tropes. The most disturbing of these involve the female lead seeking a relationship with a man who can treat her with respect, only to go back to a nasty and violent former boyfriend who seems to have no positive qualities. The film's 'happy' ending involves the two male leads (in their 20s) deciding to stop treating each other's 15 year old sisters as children and instead start dating them. This is probably the least likeable Italian film of this era I have ever sat through.


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