FILM TITLE: Chronicles of Poor Lovers

 

Year: 1954

 

Duration: 115 min

 

ColorB/N

 

GenderDramatic

 

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

 

 

 

Plot

 

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.