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Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, and Luchino Visconti • 1962 • Italy, France
Starring Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider, Sophia Loren
Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, and Romy Schneider in these four stories of unashamed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s DECAMERON, they are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy. Monicelli’s “Renzo e Luciana” is a frothy tale of young love and office politics in the big city. Fellini’s notorious “Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio” features Ekberg as a model in a milk advertisement whose image begins to haunt an aging prude. Visconti’s “Il lavoro” stars Schneider as a trophy wife enduring her husband’s very public affairs. And De Sica’s “La riffa” raffles off a night with Loren to a lucky ticket holder during a small-town fair. Bursting with passion and sly satire, BOCCACCIO ’70 is a glittering showcase for some of European cinema’s most legendary talents.