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Passion of Love (1981)

Passione d'amore (original title)
In the 1860s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier, is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He ... See full summary »

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Iginio Ugo Tarchetti (novel), Ruggero Maccari (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Valeria D'Obici Valeria D'Obici ... Fosca
Bernard Giraudeau ... Capt. Giorgio Bacchetti
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Doctor (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Massimo Girotti ... Colonel
Bernard Blier ... Maj. Tarasso
Gerardo Amato Gerardo Amato ... Lt. Baggi
Sandro Ghiani Sandro Ghiani ... Giorgio's attendant
Alberto Incrocci Alberto Incrocci ... Capt. Rivolti
Rosaria Schemmari Rosaria Schemmari ... Fosca's maid
Francesco Piastra Francesco Piastra ... Colonel's attendant
Saverio Vallone Saverio Vallone ... Blond lieutenant
Laura Antonelli ... Clara
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Storyline

In the 1860s, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier, is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He becames friends with the colonel and the local doctor (Trintignant). Among the inhabitants of the house there is a strange young woman: Fosca (d'Obici) who is both unattractive and mad. However, she has a passion that Giorgio will have to cope with. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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The restrictions of passion in an age when aristocratic life was played by the noble book.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 May 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Passion of Love See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Inspired Stephen Sondheim to write the musical Passion. See more »

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Remade as Passion (1996) See more »

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Voyage to the depths of the soul
24 January 2005 | by hansvoerSee all my reviews

This is one of the few movies that was recommended to me as absolutely brilliant, that really is. If you give this movie a low note than you really missed the point. You could describe Fosca as manipulative, but what if it is really serious, that she gets ill when the love she is sure of isn't answered. But what would you do when you are sure that the other one loves you, and is 'only' rejected by the fact that you are ugly. Wouldn't you fight for it. At least I think it is better to fight for it that die in bitterness. And it reminds me of the fact how I, as a man, react at first sight completely on the physical ugliness of Fosca and don't look further at the person she is or might be. This movie confronts me with very solemn questions about respect, trust, feeling manipulated and so on. How do I now if someone manipulates me or is just trying everything to make contact? What I think to be the most outstanding feature in this movie is that Ettore Scola made it absolutely believable that Giorgio falls in love with Fosca.


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