"Love in the City"
Dino Risi/Michelangelo Antonioni/Federico Fellini/Carlo Lizzani/Cesare
Zavattini/Francesco Maselli/Alberto Lattuada
One of the
best omnibus films, which brought together the best Italian filmmakers of the '50s. The
episodes are: The Spectator, by Dino Risi; When Love Fails, by Antonioni; Love
Cheerfully Arranged (also known as The Matrimonial Agency), by Fellini; Paid
Love, by Carlo Lizzani; The Love of a Mother, by Zavattini and Maselli and Italy
Turns Around, by Alberto Lattuada. The inspiration for the film is said to have been
Zavattini; particularly notable are the Antonioni episode, in which unsuccessful suicides
tell why they blame disappointment in love for trying to end their lives, and the very
funny Fellini episode, in which a client (played by Fellini) at a
matrimonial agency pretends that he is searching for a wife for a friend who
thinks he is a werewolf. Italian with English subtitles.