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95 Ratings

The Birds, the Bees and the Italians

Signore e signori

Directed by Pietro Germi
France, Italy, 1966
Comedy, Anthology


Three episodes set in a small town of Veneto spring from the love affairs of a bourgeois gang. Winner of the top prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

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The Birds, the Bees and the Italians Directed by Pietro Germi

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1966 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Golden Globes (USA)

1967 | Nominee: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1967 | 3 wins including: Best Screenplay

1967 | Nominee: Best Original Story

David di Donatello Awards

1966 | 2 wins including: Best Production

Critics reviews

[The Birds, the Bees and the Italians] is not only more entertaining, it’s also—in its bitter, exaggerated way—a more truthful film about relationships [than A Man and a Woman]. Where Lelouch leans on comforting platitudes, staging a love affair between human mannequins, Germi pitilessly digs at the egos of his cheating, dissatisfied characters.
November 14, 2013
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