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Adua & Her Friends (1960)

Marcello Mastroianni , Antonio Pietrangeli  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Marcello Mastroianni
  • Directors: Antonio Pietrangeli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KDYR2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Four unemployed prostitutes attempt to open a restaurant in this comedy. They look all over Rome for a restaurant they can afford. When they find a ramshackle cafe. The landlord is willing to let them have it; they can even use his name to buy the food license, but he has one condition: they must also run a little cat-house upstairs. Their restaurant becomes quite successful, but when their personal lives intervene, the business threatens to fold.


Among the best new boutique labels for Italian cinema is RARO-VIDEO. My favorite gem to turn up on this label is Adua and Her Friends --Artillery Magazine

Antonio Pietrangeli's Adua and Her Friends (1960), new from Raro Video, seems to straddle the two traditions, combining the moral heart of neorealism with the gimlet eye of commedia. --The New York Times

Adua and Her Friends is ripe for rediscovery, as is Pietrangeli. I look forward to more releases of his films from Raro. --Cinema Sentries

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Gem.. From Italy.. April 25, 2012
This forgotten film from 1960 " Adua e le compagne" ("Adua and Her Friends"), was directed by Antonio Pietrangeli. The story of four independent-minded women who were destined to ruin by the inherently exploitative male-dominated society of 1950's Italy. After the Merlin law of 1959 closed down the last legal brothels of Rome, 'Adua' (played by the great Simone Signoret), and her fellow working-girls: 'Lolita' (Sandra Milo), 'Marilina' (Emanuelle Riva of "Hiroshima Mon Amour" 1959), and 'Caterina' (Gina Rovere), decided to pool their savings together and open a trattoria (in an old house), on the outskirts of the city. Leaving the past behind, they tried to make a fresh start, but their lives were exasperated when they were denied a permit because of their prior police records. Then 'Ercoli' (Claudio Gora), a former customer ( who was an archetype of the cretinous and predatory Italian-male of the era), offered to help them (through his connections and influence), under the sole condition that they continue in their old profession (in the rooms upstairs). Plus he wanted a sizable cut for himself (one million lira a month for rent and services), that made him their de facto pimp! Marcello Mastroianni was really good as fast-talking con-man 'Piero Salvagni', who became 'Adua's' love interest. The actors were all very good, but it was Simone Signoret who shined the most. The film was very honest in its depiction of these women (the story and screenplay was co-written by Ettore Scola "Brutti, sporchi e cattivi" 1976), who wanted nothing more than to have a chance at a normal life, but were cheated by an anachronistic and misogynist-society. The film had really good production values, with great cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi ("Il bell'Antonio" 1960, "Mafioso" 1962), and with a cool jazzy-score. Read more ›
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What can I is Italian cinema from 1960's (year 1960 to be exact) does not get any better.

Mastroianni and Signoret give great performances!!!

The movie reminds me of Chabrol's "The Good Time Girls" aka "Les Bonnes Femmes" from the same year.

SPOILER: Don't expect any happy endings...this is European cinema!!!
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