The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians


1h 30m 1967

Brief Synopsis

Una cittadina del Veneto negli anni sessanta. Tre storie di "amori di provincia": uno pseudo dongiovanni confessa la propria impotenza al medico di fiducia ma viene da questi tradito (parla del suo paziente con alcuni amici pettegoli), un impiegato di banca, dopo una tormentata relazione d'amore con la giovane cassiera di un bar, ritorna in famiglia solo, deluso e amareggiato; alcuni ragazzotti approfittano delle grazie di una ingenua ragazza del luogo. Il padre di lei li denuncia, ma ritratta tutto dopo un lauto compenso e salva dalla galera i "pappagalli" di paese.

Film Details

Also Known As
Belles dames, vilains messieurs, Ces messieurs dames, Mesdames et messieurs, Signore e signori
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Aug 1967
Production Company
Dear Film; Les Films du Siècle; R. P. A.
Distribution Company
Claridge Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

During a bawdy party in the Italian town of Treviso, the unhappily married Toni Gasparini confides to his friend, Dr. Castellan, that he is impotent. As a result, the doctor allows his attractive young wife, Noemi, to leave the party early in Toni's company. When a local gossip informs the doctor that Toni is considered to be one of the most virile men in town, the doctor hurries home to discover that the gossip spoke the truth. To preserve appearances he makes the lovers promise to keep the adultery secret. Elsewhere in Treviso, the henpecked Osvaldo Bisigato, a bank clerk, falls madly in love with a cafe cashier, Milena Zulian, and eventually leaves home to join her. But the jealous husbands in the town unite with Osvaldo's wife, and the lovers lose their jobs. When they are arrested as adulterers, Milena leaves town and Osvaldo is confined in a sanitarium after attempting suicide. Later, as Osvaldo returns to his nagging wife, he plugs his ears with cotton. During an afternoon of shopping in town, Alda Cristofoletto, a young farm girl, is seduced by a number of the town's principal citizens, who do not realize that she is under age. When she tells her father of her adventure, he files charges against the prominent men. A collection is quickly taken; the father is paid off with the help of the wife of one of the men; and the community's "honor" is saved.

Film Details

Also Known As
Belles dames, vilains messieurs, Ces messieurs dames, Mesdames et messieurs, Signore e signori
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Aug 1967
Production Company
Dear Film; Les Films du Siècle; R. P. A.
Distribution Company
Claridge Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Rome opening: February 1966 as Signore e signori. Paris opening: June 1966 as Ces messieurs dames; running time: 90 min. Other French titles: Belles dames, vilains messieurs; Mesdames et messieurs.

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the Palme d'Or for Best Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Summer August 7, 1966

Released in United States Summer August 7, 1966