Bell'Antonio


1h 32m 1962

Brief Synopsis

Women love handsome Antonio because they think of him as the perfect lover. But he has problems to fullfill this ideal and Barbara only notices his failures when they are married. When the town learns about his trouble they start laughing at him...

Film Details

Also Known As
Le Bel Antonio
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 2 Apr 1962
Production Company
Arco Film; Cino del Duca; Société Cinématographique Lyre
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Il bell'Antonio by Vitaliano Brancati (Milan, 1950).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

After spending 3 years in Rome, handsome Antonio Magnano returns to his native Catania. His reputation as a lady-killer has been fostered largely by his boastful father, Alfio, who equates honor with virility. Consequently Antonio finds himself besieged by women, a situation from which he escapes by agreeing to his father's wish that he marry Barbara Puglisi, the naive and innocent daughter of a wealthy and politically prominent family. For the first time in his life, Antonio becomes involved in a relationship based on love rather than pure eroticism, and the shock makes him impotent. For almost a year Antonio and Barbara appear to be blissfully happy, but when it becomes common knowledge that their union is still unconsummated, Barbara's outraged parents have the marriage annulled. The public disgrace falls heavily on Signor Magnano, and he tries to reestablish the family reputation by distinguishing himself at the neighborhood brothel, a course of action which proves fatal to the diabetic old man. Filled with remorse and still in love with Barbara, who has since remarried, Antonio has a fling with the family maid. She becomes pregnant, and the overjoyed Signora Magnano proclaims the news of her son's virility throughout the town. Antonio finds little solace in his regained manhood, however, in the face of his unfulfilled love for Barbara.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le Bel Antonio
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 2 Apr 1962
Production Company
Arco Film; Cino del Duca; Société Cinématographique Lyre
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Il bell'Antonio by Vitaliano Brancati (Milan, 1950).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Rome in February 1960 as Il bell'Antonio, and in Paris in July 1961 as Le bel Antonio; French running time: 92 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in France July 1961

Released in Italy February 1960

Released in United States April 2, 1962

Released in United States March 12, 1994

Released in United States on Video March 12, 1994

Released in United States Spring April 2, 1962

b&w

Released in Italy February 1960

Released in United States March 12, 1994

Released in United States on Video March 12, 1994

Released in United States April 2, 1962 (New York City)

Released in United States Spring April 2, 1962

Released in France July 1961