Directed by Mauro Bolognini • 1960 • Italy, France
Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Pierre Brasseur
Scripted by Pier Paolo Pasolini, IL BELL’ANTONIO is a barbed, melodramatic satire of religion, sex, and society that gives Marcello Mastroianni a chance to play slyly against his suave screen image. He stars as the handsome Sicilian Antonio, whom everyone assumes to be a great lover. When it is revealed that he is actually impotent and that his marriage to his beautiful wife (Claudia Cardinale) is still unconsummated after a year, he finds himself at the center of a town scandal.