Michele is a successful bourgeois playwright who fantasizes an affair between his beautiful wife, Nina, and his best friend, Max, a bisexual actor. Unbeknownst to him, the pair have in fact been lovers for years, though Max is really in love with Michele. While Nina is occupied with Max, Michele drifts into an affair with a rich, but lonely, single woman. The four meet regularly for dinner at the home of Michele and Nina where they indulge in bored, amoral conversation.
As a diversion, Max suggests to Nina that they add a third player to their bedroom games: Ric, Max’s anarchist/poet boyfriend who lives in a dankly luxurious basement and sells himself to both men and women. After a while, Ric finds himself falling in love with Nina and eventually attempts suicide over her. Nina discovers Ric in time to save him and decides to leave Michele to live with Ric. But soon their relationship withers and Nina returns to her husband. It’s then that Michele decides to invite Ric into the circle, as they go on meeting at dinner and playing their games of love and seduction. —Wikipedia
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (26 February 1921 – 15 December 2005) was an Italian playwright, screenwriter, director and author.
He was born in Naples in an aristocratic family and moved to Rome immediately after the end of World War II and spent his professional life there. Patroni Griffi is considered one of the most prominent contributors to Italian theater and film in post-war Italy. Roberto Rossellini make a movie from his theatral opera Anima nera. His first listed film writing credit was on the 1952 musical Canzoni di mezzo secolo. Patroni Griffi will direct Charlotte Rampling, Elizabeth Taylor, Marcello Mastroianni, Laura Antonelli, Florinda Bolkan, Terence Stamp, Fabio Testi.
Patroni Griffi was also involved with numerous television productions of lyric opera, including Verdi’s La Traviata. His many theatrical productions include works by Pirandello, Eduardo de Filippo, Jean Cocteau and Tennessee Williams. As a writer, he published a first collection of stories in… read more