FILM TITLE: Chronicles of Poor Lovers


Year: 1954


Duration: 115 min






Director: Carlo Lizzani


ProducerCooperative Viewers – film producers


Photograph: Gianni di Venanzo


Editing: Enzo Alfonsi


Music: Mario Zafred


Scene: Peck G. Avolio


Performers and characters


Anna Maria Ferrero : Gesuina


Greek CosettaElisa


Antonella Lualdi as Milena


Marcello MaestroianniUgo


Wanda CapodagliThe Lady


Bruno Berellini


Irene Cefaro: Clara, E.E


Adolfo ConsoliniCorrado


Julian Montaldo: Alfredo


Gabriele Tinti as Mario


Eva Vanicek: White



Original voice actors:


Maria Pia di Meo : Gesuina


Dhia Cristina as Milena


Pino Locchi as Mario


Manlio Busoni as Corrado






Florence, spring 1925, the young printer Mario moves to the neighborhood of Santa Croce, in Via del Corno, to be closer to his lover, Bianca, thus becoming a "horn" and finding himself sharing the daily events of the inhabitants of that small popular world in the gloomy years of the rise of fascism. His landlord and the blacksmith Corrado, said Maciste known anti-fascist and former Ardito del Popolo as his friend Ugo, street vendor of fruits and vegetables, once strongly engaged in politics, but now devoted mainly to women and Funny. The small street is also home to a couple of convinced fascists: the accountant Carlino Bencini, legionnaire fiumano, insurance clerk, and his colleague, friend and roommate Osvaldo. Among the other neighbors: the staderini cobbler, Ristori, owner of the hotel that houses some prostitutes, including Elisa, lover of Nanni, the admonition, Clara, friend of Bianca tormented by her boyfriend because she agrees to marry him. Alfredo Campolmi, owner of the pizzicheria and fresh husband of Milena. Motionless in bed but constantly informed of what happens in the street thanks to the maid, Mrs. Donna weaves a dense network of relationships and ties it all to himself through loans granting. The peaceful coexistence in via del Corno is dramatically broken as Alfredo, just married and decided to grow her business, refuses to make the contribution to the local branch of the fascist party and suffers a brutal beating, leaving him so heavily marked in the body from having to hospitalize in sanatoriums and cede the grocery.


Director and screenplay


The film adaptation of Pratolini's novel was originally to be directed by Luchino Visconti, but he had to abandon the project because it was not possible to find the financial means necessary to make the film of greats productive dimensions he imagined. Sergio Amidei, producer and rights holder, gave Lizzani the screenplay for free, which demanded cuts both for financial and self-censorship reasons, particularly in the character of usury. Pratolini was satisfied with the work he had done. The set of Via del Corno was built in the theater of laying, but outdoors, so that you can take advantage of the natural light and have a photograph similar to those of the exteriors filmed in Florence. he abandoned the project because it was not possible to find the financial means necessary to make the large-scale production film he envisioned.