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      The Birds, the Bees and the Italians

      1966 1h 55m Comedy List
      Reviews 91% Audience Score 100+ Ratings This comedic trilogy explores the sexual underbelly of a small Italian town. In the first segment, womanizer Toni (Alberto Lionello) feigns sexual dysfunction in order to sneak an erotic "appointment" with his doctor's wife. Next, the respectable Osvaldo (Gastone Moschin) publicly proclaims his love for his mistress, Milena (Virna Lisi), and is chastised for his actions. In the closing chapter, prominent members of the town learn they've all unwittingly slept with the same underage girl. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Germi's films are filled with sheer love of movement and action and could be described as slapstick if they were not written so tightly and aimed so directly at satirical targets. Rated: 4/4 Mar 2, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      s r Italian social attitudes and their impacts on relationships in a small town. It had some hilarious and painful moments. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I was always comparing an Egyptian director called "Fateen Abdel Wahhab" to Billy Wilder, now i wonder if Fateen ever watched some of Pietro's films, because they had exactly the same sense of humor, and nearly the same technique, dealing with actors and actresses in a story full of variant characters like in Signore & Signori. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member <a></a> <img src="http://auteurs_production.s3.amazonaws.com/stills/112705/the-birds-the-bees-1966.jpg" width="240" border="0" /> Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Grande comédie italienne qui ressort sur nos écrans cet été (palme d'or 66 au passage tout de même, combien de comédies peuvent se vanter d'avoir eu la Palme???) Une satire au vitriol de la bourgeoisie italienne, qui montre comment parvenir à faire l'écart entre l'église et l'adultère! Quel humour grinçant. C'est frais, virevoltant, un rythme d'enfer, superbement mis en scène. On rit à gorge déployée tout au long du film. Que demander de plus? A oui, Virna Lisi, sublime Milena dans le film... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Une comedie italienne cynique et feroce chez les petits bourgeois de Trevise ! Pietro Germi n'y va pas avec le dos de la cuillere ! Virna Lisi est d'une beaute a couper le souffle. Sex in the city = cynisme et humour noir :) ! Palme d'or en 1966 a Cannes ex aequo avec "Un homme et une femme" de C.L. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This comedic trilogy explores the sexual underbelly of a small Italian town. In the first segment, womanizer Toni (Alberto Lionello) feigns sexual dysfunction in order to sneak an erotic "appointment" with his doctor's wife. Next, the respectable Osvaldo (Gastone Moschin) publicly proclaims his love for his mistress, Milena (Virna Lisi), and is chastised for his actions. In the closing chapter, prominent members of the town learn they've all unwittingly slept with the same underage girl.
      Director
      Pietro Germi
      Producer
      Pietro Germi, Robert Haggiag
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      Italian
      Runtime
      1h 55m