Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war, full of illusions, they settle down. The movie is a the story of the life of these three idealists and how they deal with the inevitable disillusionments of life.
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Since the first time I saw this in 2012 to my most recent rewatch last week, this film holds an inexplicable emotional power over me. Maybe it's that Scola has ingrained his film with a beautiful nostalgia for neorealism, lost friendship, idealism, and love. Maybe it's the way in which he transformed the personal and made an epic out of it. Maybe it's just that I'm a softie.
One of Ettore Scola's finest films. The story of three friends, the intellectual, the proletarian and the bourgeois, from 1944 to 1974. Scola is interested in the History of Cinema and the events of Italian politics during this period as much as the friendship binding his three heroes together. I loved the scene with Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni. Masterpiece.
Nostalgic sketches of post-war Italy, rendered as homages to classic Italian cinema. The execution is not as great as the concept, but Mastroianni chatting us up between takes for the Trevi Fountain scene is already worth the entry price.
Un "cuadrado" amoroso, una historia sobre la amistad, un cuento generacional, un homenaje al cine italiano. Scola desarrolla un filme que aspira a convertirse en una épica. El tiempo pasa, y tres amigos se separan después de la guerra. Lo que seguirá es una suerte de azar, aquello que los vuelve a reunir y los vuelve a separar. Un retrato amoroso (verdadero, pasajero, platónico) y de la frustración vocacional.