Italian culture experiences a period of transition across the four short narratives that comprise Boccaccio’70. Renzo and Luciana (directed by Mario Monicelli) chronicles the plight of a loving couple who work in the same factory but have to hide their marriage because of work regulations forbidding interaction amongst factory employees. Its dramatic sincerity contrasts starkly with the extravagance of The Temptation of Doctor Antonio. Federico Fellini’s first work in colour paints a phantasmagoric picture of the impact of mass-media consumerism on traditional values. This conflict is played out by the censorious Dr. Antonio (Peppino de Filippo) and his mighty opponent: a giant Anita Ekberg (La Dolce Vita) who teases her observers while stretched across a wide billboard.
Seen together, these four miniatures offer a unique portrait of Italy during its economic miracle. This undertaking by iconic producer Carlo Ponti (La Strada, Lola) is more than an unprecedented gathering of singular talents; it’s one of the greatest depictions of the diversity of Italian society.
Directed - Vittorio De Sica / Federico Fellini / Mario Monicelli / Luchino Visconti
1962 / 203 minutes / Italian with English Subtitles / Mono audio / 1.66 : 1 Colour / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD018