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That Splendid November (1969)

Un bellissimo novembre (original title)
GP | | Drama | 5 April 1969 (Italy)
The erotic exploits of a large Sicilian family in which the father lectures about morality and self-control, but pursues lovemaking with reckless abandon.


Mauro Bolognini


Ercole Patti (novel), Lucia Drudi Demby (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Cettina
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Biagio
André Lawrence ... Sasà (as André Laurence)
Paolo Turco ... Nino
Danielle Godet ... Elisa
Margarita Lozano ... Aunt Amalia (as Margarita Lozzano)
Isabella Savona Isabella Savona ... Giulietta
Jean Maucorps Jean Maucorps ... Mimi
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Uncle Alfio
Ettore Ribotta Ettore Ribotta ... Concetto
Grazia Di Marzà ... Assunta
Ileana Rigano Ileana Rigano ... Rosaria (as Ileana Riganò)
Pasquale Fortunato ... Umberto
Franco Abbina Franco Abbina ... Enzo
Amalia Troiani Amalia Troiani ... Aunt Maria


After the death of his father, 17-year-old Nino is finding adolescence a traumatic and lonely ordeal. One autumn, during a holiday on the slopes of Mount Etna, he finds he is strongly attracted towards his young aunt, Cettina. Although married, she has no children of her own and his interest in her awakens her maternal instincts. An intimacy develops between them and his liking for his her turns into an all-consuming desire. When he discovers that she is pursuing a secret affair with another man, Sasa, he is overwhelmed by jealousy and fails to comprehend her infidelity. Written by lament

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Release Date:

5 April 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Su apasionado noviembre See more »

Filming Locations:

Catania, Sicily, Italy

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1.66 : 1
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According to the practice in Italian cinema at the time, most actors (including the Italian ones) are dubbed. A curiosity: The celebrated Italian voice-dubber Rita Savagnone is lending her voice to two actresses (Gina Lollobrigida and Danielle Godet), which is quite unusual as they have scenes together. The result is that the spectator has the impression it is a monologue. Same thing for Pino Colizzi who is also dubbing two actors. See more »


Written by Ennio Morricone
Lyrics by Franco Pisano (uncredited)
Performed by Fausto Cigliano
Published by Neapolis
Recorded on Parade Discs
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Lollobrigida at 40: simply sublime
9 April 2012 | by ricbigiSee all my reviews

I have not read Ercole Patti's novel but Bolognini's UN BELLISSIMO NOVEMBRE seems to be a serious attempt at evoking the Sicilian society depicted by the writer in cinematic terms. This is not a pleasant film. None of the characters are likable and some of them strike one as definitely grotesque. Still, Bolognini shows great understanding of his chosen subject and UBN has many qualities: interesting scenes that comment quite satisfactorily on this particular social milieu, haunting Sicilian locations, excellent cinematography, and a melancholy undercurrent that stays impressed on one's mind. Gina Lollobrigida's Cettina is by far the film's most striking character, a frivolous, amoral woman who does as she pleases in a tightly-controlled, basically rotten family milieu. The actress is most beautiful and portrays her character with her usual intelligence and sensibility, even though most people are unable to see her very real qualities as a performer.

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