2 user 3 critic

Lunatics and Lovers (1976)

Culastrisce nobile veneziano (original title)
During a furious storm the Marquis Luca Maria Sbrisson sees his wife Luisa disappearing before his eyes.


Flavio Mogherini


Flavio Mogherini (story), Maurizio Costanzo (story) | 5 more credits »


Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A grouchy farmer, known around his small Italian town as being wonderful to his employees, but actively driving everyone else away, is in for a surprise when a beautiful girl from the city,... See full summary »

Directors: Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia
Stars: Adriano Celentano, Ornella Muti, Edith Peters
Ace (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Asso, THE best poker-player in town, was killed in his wedding night, because he won too much against a bad loser. In the 'final' game in heaven the clerk on duty also lost, so Asso can ... See full summary »

Directors: Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia
Stars: Adriano Celentano, Edwige Fenech, Renato Salvatori
Loggerheads (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In Weimar Germany, twin brothers Hermann and Gustav find themselves on opposite extremes: Hermann is a loyal sympathizer of the emerging Nazi party and Gustav is an anarchist who prints and spreads anti-Nazi propaganda.

Directors: Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia
Stars: Adriano Celentano, Claudio Bigagli, François Bastien
Madly in Love (1981)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Barnaba, a rude bus driver who enjoys the attention of women, one day meets Principessa Cristina, the princess of a local principality.

Directors: Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia
Stars: Adriano Celentano, Ornella Muti, Adolfo Celi
High Rollers (1976)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During the 1920s France, con-men Philip and Felice escape prison and join forces to swindle Philip's rich ex-wife Belle.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Capucine, Adriano Celentano
A Special Day (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in May 1938.

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon
La locandiera (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The innkeeper Mirandolina is a beautiful girl, and for her beauty the Count of Albafiorita and the Marquis of Forlimpopoli fall in love.

Director: Paolo Cavara
Stars: Claudia Mori, Adriano Celentano, Paolo Villaggio
Double Murder (1977)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A police commissioner and a political activist join to investigate the suspicious death of a playboy Prince.

Director: Steno
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Agostina Belli, Ursula Andress
The Five Days (1973)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In the chaos of the final days of the Italian revolution a thief and a baker hook up and travel the streets of Milan witnessing the historic events, which quickly take a dark turn.

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Adriano Celentano, Enzo Cerusico, Marilù Tolo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

At the end of 1900s Saturnino Cavallo leaves his family to emigrate to America, in search of fortune.

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile
Stars: Adriano Celentano, Claudia Mori, José Calvo
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mandolin professor, reduced to playing the itinerant player, sees his feeble gains wasted at the game by his father.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ornella Muti, Michel Piccoli
Yuppi du (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Felice Pietà is a man of modest means living with his second wife, Adelaide. Together, they raise Monica, from his first marriage with Silvia, who committed suicide long ago.

Directors: Adriano Celentano, Miky Del Prete
Stars: Claudia Mori, Charlotte Rampling, Gino Santercole


Credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Marchese Luca Maria
Claudia Mori ... Luca Maria's wife
Lino Toffolo ... Agostino
Anna Miserocchi Anna Miserocchi ... Helga
Flora Carabella Flora Carabella ... Aunt Luisa
Olga Bisera Olga Bisera ... La barista
Rebecca Reder Rebecca Reder ... L'arpista
Nikki Gentile ... (as Niki Gentile)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Aureli ... L'onorevole
Silvano Bernabei Silvano Bernabei ... Vincenzo
Adriano Celentano ... Sprint Boss
Alvaro Mancori Alvaro Mancori ... Nanè


During a furious storm the Marquis Luca Maria Sbrisson sees his wife Luisa disappearing before his eyes.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »




See all certifications »






Release Date:

6 December 1983 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Lunatics and Lovers See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

5 June 2004 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

This movie is a failed attempt at kinky comedy. Agostino (Lino Toffolo) is an organ player who after a series of misfortunes loses his van, for him both transportation and home. By chance he meets Luca Maria (Culastrisce), an impoverished half-dotty aristocrat, played by Marcello Mastroianni and the only reason for seeing the film. The Marquis Luca Maria's villa, a splendid edifice in the Palladian style, recalls the elegance of 18th Century concerts and balls, and is used to recreate the same, with Asgostino at the organ and Luca at the cello in performances of Vivaldi concerti.

Luca is totally buried in that past and talks constantly to unseen women at his side when he is not "dancing" with them. Agostino becomes part of that game and fears that he may lose the villa, to an equally eccentric aunt, should he become declared mad as a hatter. Into all this mayhem comes Claudia Mori, whose natural greed is used by the two men to make her play the useful role of the marchesa and save the estates.

When she gets too greedy and obnoxious (she vandalistically paints over original Veronese frescos in the villa with plasticized red paint as part of a "redecorating" effort), they eliminate her by sending her off in a hot-air balloon.

This is the kind of madcap comedy that can only come across with the help of frothy direction and good ensemble playing, and a good screenplay. It doesn't have one. Instead the film is a mess, leaden and plodding when it should have been light, airy, and wistful. Toffolo is a boring actor. Mastroianni has very little to work with.

The movie was photographed gorgeously by Carlo Carlini, too gorgeously, with lush rich hues, whether in the canals of Venice or in the drawing room of the stunning villa that serves as the film's basic setting.

It was directed by Flavio Mogherini, who has fantasizes here about becoming a second Fellini. There is an evoked scene on a beach, complete with gothic organ console and a group of boys in seminarian cassocks running through à la "8½". It is something only Fellini could have brought off, not Mogherini, who throws the scene in arbitrarily. The movie is filled with similar hack droppings from the Fellini albatross. And that music by Detto Mariano! It is an irritating parody of Francis Lai, whom I never fond that great himself. The movie was released in America in an atrociously dubbed version retitled "Lovers and Lunatics."

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed