ITALY

C’ERAVAMO TANTO AMATI We All Loved Each Other So Much

1974 – 35mm – b/n e colore – 125’

 

Direction: Ettore Scola

Screenplay: Ettore Scola, Age, Furio Scarpelli

Cinematography: Claudio Cirillo

Editing: Raimondo Crociani

Set design: Luciano Ricceri

Music: Armando Trovajoli

Costumes: Luciano Ricceri

Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Nino Manfredi, Stefano Satta Flores, Stefania Sandrelli, Aldo Fabrizi, Giovanna Ralli

Producers: Pio Angeletti, Adriano De Micheli

Production: Dean Film, Delta Film, Deantir

 

The entire restoration was done by CSC-Cineteca Nazionale, with the contribution of Studio Canal and the supervision of Luciano Tovoli, at the “L’immagine ritrovata” Laboratory in Bologna, starting from the original negatives belonging to Pio Angeletti and Adriano De Micheli’s company Dean Film and kept at Cineteca Nazionale.

 

SYNOPSIS

Gianni, Nicola and Antonio fought with the partisans during the war, united by shared fervent ideals, but once peace “breaks out”, they part ways: Antonio finds a job as a porter at the San Camillo hospital in Rome; Gianni becomes a lawyer; Nicola is now a teacher in the town of Nocera Inferiore; he gets married and leads an idealistic fight for a cinema that is able to change society. Antonio meets a girl, Luciana; Gianni first steals her from him and then leaves her to marry the daughter of a building contractor devoid of any social conscience. From time to time, but less and less frequently as time goes on, the three friends meet again. Many years later…

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“Ettore Scola’s ambitions have been rewarded. Blending affection and irony, bitterness and funniness, while making a clear-headed political judgement on the forces that hindered Italy’s progress, he has made more a work of historical knowledge than a film expressing a generic generational self-pity. (…) If a story of failures (…) turns into a cheerful show, that is also thanks to the actors (…) Stefania Sandrelli (…) soberly portrays sweet and gentle Luciana from her youth dreams to her becoming a patient adult woman.”

(Giovanni Grazzini,Gli anni Settanta in cento film, Laterza, 1978)

 

AWARDS

1975 Silver Ribbons: Best Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay

1975 Grolle d’Oro Awards: Best Direction, Best Actress

1977 Premi César Awards: Best Foreign Language Film