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The Dinner (1998)

La cena (original title)
A multitude of characters face personal problems while having dinner in a roman restaurant.

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Ettore Scola (story), Ettore Scola | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Flora
Antonio Catania Antonio Catania ... Mago Adam
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Alessandra
Riccardo Garrone ... Diomede
Vittorio Gassman ... Maestro Pezzullo
Giancarlo Giannini ... Professore
Marie Gillain ... Allieva
Nello Mascia ... Menghini
Adalberto Maria Merli Adalberto Maria Merli ... Bricco
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi ... Arturo
Eros Pagni Eros Pagni ... Duilio
Daniela Poggi Daniela Poggi
Rolando Ravello Rolando Ravello
Stefania Sandrelli ... Isabella
Stefano Antonucci Stefano Antonucci
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Storyline

An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single -- to dine, converse, argue, celebrate, make confessions; to overhear other people's discussions, to interrupt them, to sing, listen to music, and enjoy life. The camera, just like the people, moves constantly from table to table, into the kitchen and the back room to observe the staff's petty jealousies and frustrations -- until two hours later it's time for everybody to go home. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

MEDUSA FILM - LA CENA

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 November 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A vacsora See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Plato's philosophy
19 June 2006 | by kodakySee all my reviews

Clearly it is an adaptation of Plato's The Symposium in which the Greek philosopher discusses about Love. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium_%28Plato_dialogue%29 Ettore Scola was great by transposing the Greeks' feasts to an Italian restaurant, simply great! Some people may be offended by gay directions, but it is Plato's position: the greatest love possible is between the master and his pupil. That explains the sweet erotic scene of the two guys at the end of the film. "The purpose of this was so that, when a man embraced a woman, he would cast his seed and they would have children; but when male embraced male, they would at least have the satisfaction of intercourse, after which they could stop embracing, return to their jobs, and look after their other needs in life." Symposium, 191c-d The film also shows other forms of Love like: mom and son, friends, man and woman... and all of them some problem shows up. And what really matters is to love rather than being loved.


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