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Love Circle (1969)

Metti, una sera a cena (original title)
R | | Drama | 3 April 1969 (Italy)
A liberal-thinking author watches his wife as she attempts to seduce his best friend at a dinner party.

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Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (play), Dario Argento (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Michele / Husband
Florinda Bolkan ... Nina / Wife
Lino Capolicchio ... Rick / Nina's lover
Tony Musante ... Max / Actor
Annie Girardot ... Giovanna
Silvia Monti ... Actress at Press Conference
Milly Milly ... Singer
Adriana Asti ... Stepdaughter
Titina Maselli Titina Maselli ... Mother
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Ferdinando Scarfiotti ... Son
Claudio Carrozza Claudio Carrozza ... Baby
Nora Ricci ... 1st Actress
Mariano Rigillo Mariano Rigillo ... Comedian
Antonio Jaia Antonio Jaia ... Young Actor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helmut Berger
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Storyline

Actor Max and the rich maiden, Giovanna often meet in the house of Michele, an arid writer, and his wife Nina, and talk about many things, but above all about love. Giovanna is in love with Michele, while Nina betrays him with Max. To revive their relationship, which shows signs of exhaustion, and make it more exciting, Max finds for Nina an exceptional and paid amateur, Rick, a rebel intellectual. It happens, however, that the young protester falls in love with her, to whom he declares, writes, telephones, until, desperate, he tries to kill himself. The woman saves him and decides to go and live with him. Soon their life in common sinks on the usual rocks, so that he goes to Michael, to return her. Michele does not intend to lose Nina and finds a solution also for Rick: admit him in the clan, make him sit with the others at the same table. Written by lament

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 April 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Circle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Metti una sera a cena
Vocals by Edda Dell'Orso
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Conductor Bruno Nicolai
Published by Bixio C.e.m.s.a. srl
(P) 1969 Cinevox Record srl
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"Our Only Salvation Is in Vice!"
28 November 2003 | by dwingroveSee all my reviews

An almost absurdly stylish piece of arty erotica, this Giuseppe Patroni Griffi film shows us glamorous people indulging in kinky sexual games, wearing hip 60s clothes and lounging about in chic Italian villas. What more could one ask out of life? As if to assure us, the callow public, that such wanton goings-on can lead only to a bad end, the script has one character intone solemnly into the camera: "I am obscenely and disgustingly happy. I am deformed and destroyed by my happiness." There are worse problems to be had.

The plot centres on a famous writer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who fantasises an affair between his wife (Florinda Bolkan) and his best friend, a bisexual actor (Tony Musante). Unbeknown to him, the pair have in fact been lovers for years. Not only that, they have drawn a third player into their bedroom games - an anarchist/poet/actor/gigolo (Lino Capolicchio) who squats in a dankly luxurious basement and makes love to Bolkan under a Nazi swastika flag.

Their menage a trois scene - mild enough by today's standards - made the film a scandalous success on its release. In fact, Patroni Griffi gets more erotic mileage from a shot of three clasped hands than Zalman King could get from a sea of naked, thrashing bodies. While his wife is thus engaged, Trintignant drifts into an affair with a rich but lonely single woman (Annie Girardot).

It's Trintignant and Girardot (unsurprisingly) who walk away with the acting honours. Musante and Capolicchio flare their nostrils and bat their eyes to signal their sexual ambiguity. The lovely Bolkan may not be able to act, but with those tiger eyes and Modigliani cheekbones, she hardly needs to. Her wardrobe alone - including a silver chain mail gown with matching helmet - makes it worth sitting through the occasional longueurs. And it's all offset to perfection by Ennio Morricone's coolly sensual jazz score.


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