That Splendid November (Un bellissimo novembre

That Splendid November (Un bellissimo novembre

Flirting with the taboo subject of incest through teenaged Nino’s (Paolo Turco) curiosity about desire and his confusion surrounding the intricacies of attraction in the adult world, That Splendid November reflects similar themes addressed in Mike Nichols’s The Graduate (1967), Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End (1970), and other coming-of-age, May/December stories of the period. Starring the effervescent Gina Lollobrigida as Nino’s aunt and the object of his misplaced affections, this mid-career Mauro Bolognini film represents the third of 15 total collaborations with Ennio Morricone, making this relationship one of the most prolific of the composer’s career.   

DIRECTED BY: Mauro Bolognini. WRITTEN BY: Lucia Drudi Demby, Antonio Altoviti, Henry Vaughan. WITH: Gina Lollobrigida, Gabriele Ferzetti, André Laurence, Paolo Turco. 1969. 92 min. Italy/France. Color. Italian. Rated PG. DCP. Courtesy of Cinecittà.

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