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.
"O futuro passou e nem nos demos conta. Queríamos mudar o mundo, mas foi o mundo que nos mudou." Uma grande comédia, com aquele travo amargo que parece ser recorrente em Scola. Um filme de actores, de divertimentos linguísticos e visuais, uma festa frenética de alegria, ilusões e segredos.
Nostalgic sketches of post-war Italy, rendered as homages to classic Italian cinema. The execution is far from being as great as the concept, but Mastroianni and Fellini chatting us up between takes for the Trevi Fountain scene is already worth the entry price.