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A Place for Lovers (1968)

Amanti (original title)
Julia, a fashion designer harboring a secret, spends ten days of passion in the Alps with Valerio, a race car driver, in what will be their last vacation together.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Brunello Rondi (story), Julian Zimet (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Valerio
Faye Dunaway ... Julia
Enrico Simonetti Enrico Simonetti ... Party Host
Karin Eugh ... Griselda
Esmeralda Ruspoli Esmeralda Ruspoli ... Attorney's Wife
Caroline Mortimer Caroline Mortimer ... Maggie
Mirella Pamphili ... Party Guest (as Mirella Panfili)
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Storyline

Julia, a divorced American fashion designer, is dying of a tragic, incurable disease. With only ten days to live, she spends her time vacationing in an Italian villa and watching television. She spots a TV interview with an Italian engineer Valerio, who designs plastic air bags to protect passengers in automobile collisions. She recognizes his face as having met him before at the airport and calls him up to invite him over to her villa where they decide to spend the next several days together, making love. Julia's friend Maggie reappears and reveals that Julia is actually an escapee from the hospital where she was being treated for her disease. Maggie urges Julia to return to the hospital where she can die a painless death. Julia ignores her and returns to the villa and the arms of her lover. Maggie then telephones Valerio and tells him about Julia's condition. Valerio is willing to stay for the duration but Julia is so upset by the fact that her lover knows her secret that she runs ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Quotes

Valerion: Well, if you have ten days, why did you only ask me for two?
Julia: Because, then it's up to you to ask me for the rest. I can't expect you to stay if you become bored with me, in a day or two.
Valerion: You mean, it's up to me?
Julia: Yes, of course. That way, you see, you can take me out, on loan. If you like.
Valerion: I like.
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Connections

Featured in Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

A Place For Lovers
Music by Manuel De Sica
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
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Devastatingly dull...
1 April 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Before I read her telling autobiography, I didn't sense much about Faye Dunaway that was either grounded or warm. Of course she's a first-rate actress, but she's also an aloof one (most of the time she could be acting in front of the mirror). Her performance in "A Place For Lovers" (the US title) is no different. She never connects with the viewer and spends the entire time staring at Marcello Mastroianni's collar (these two did have an off-camera affair--go figure!). The romantic set-up: he's a married Italian, she's an American businesswoman in poor health. She also harbors a peculiar death wish for the both of them. This is an odd, unaffecting picture only worth-watching out of curiosity, but it won't thrill anyone--particularly fans of Dunaway, who floats by in a whiff of chiffon, with impossibly blonde hair and impossibly thick eyelashes. * from ****


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