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Il Bell’ Antonio

Ελληνική Πρεμιέρα της αποκατεστημένης κόπιας / Greek Premiere of the restored film

Μυθοπλασία / Fiction, Ιταλία – Γαλλία / Italy – France, 1960, 105′ DCP, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black & White, Με ήχο / Sound, Ιταλικά / Italian

Σκηνοθεσία / Direction Mauro Bolognini Σενάριο / Screenplay Vitaliano Brancati, Pier Paolo Pasolini Μοντάζ / Editing Nino Baragli Ήχος / Sound Franco Groppioni Μουσική / Music Piero Piccioni Παραγωγός / Producer Alfredo Bini, Cino Del Duca Ηθοποιοί / Cast Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale Προέλευση ταινίας / Film Source Compass Film, Instituto Luce Cinecitta

At Catagna in the south of Italy, women admire and fantasize about Antonio, considering him to be a Don Juan. Like his parents, what they do not know is that he has returned to his hometown from Rome due to his impotence. An arranged marriage with the local notary’s daughter, which the young man concedes to having fallen in love with the pretty girl through a photograph of hers, gets him in matrimony with her but also facing his greatest fear. Can he prove worthy of his descent, his sex, his legend?

Mauro Bolognini 

Mauro Bolognini was born in 1922. He studied architecture in Florence, and set design and direction at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Apart from his over 30 films, initially collaborating with Pasolini on script, he also worked in theatre, opera and TV. Il Bell’Antonio is considered his masterpiece. He died in 2001.

On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on the 27th of October


The 9th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.