Wednesday, April 3, 2013

La calda vita (The Warm Life, 1964)

Director: Florestano Vancini
Starring: Catherine Spaak, Jacques Perrin, Fabrizio Capucci, Gabriele Ferzetti
Label:  Ripley's Home Video (2005)
Format: DVD / PAL / Region 2
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 letterbox
Audio: Italian, English, French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles: None

* Photogallery (25 stills)

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What's the film about?
Based on a P.A. Quarantotti Gambini novel, this is an "end of the innocence" story, where a 18 year old girl spends a brief vacation with two male friends, who are both in love with her. While the title echoes Fellini's La dolce vita, the main location clearly recalls Antonioni's L'avventura. However, director Florestano Vancini looks for an individual style, and he often succeeds, also because of a lively, delicate performance by his actor quartet. Despite the letterboxed transfer, the DVD still highlights a remarkable use of colour.

...if you want to see an Italian response to Preminger's Bonjour tristesse.


1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for posting.I'll be buying a copy of this next week.