High Infidelity
(Alta infedeltà)

Screening on Film
Directed by Franco Rossi, Elio Petri, Luciano Salce, Mario Monicelli.
With Monica Vitti, Charles Aznavour, Ugo Tognazzi.
Italy , 1965, 35mm, black & white, 120 min.
Italian with English subtitles.
Print source: HFA

V is for Vitti Vignettes

In this omnibus film, four modernist Italian directors offer amusing takes on marriage and betrayal. In the first segment, Nino Manfredi stars as a jealous husband who suspects a fellow vacationer at a tropical resort is trying to steal his wife. In the Petri segment, "Sin in the Afternoon," Charles Aznavour plays a wealthy entrepreneur who goes to fantastic lengths to seduce a mysterious woman (Claire Bloom).The collection is rounded out with a pair of no less stylish tales of adultery featuring Monica Vitti as a ranting housewife who suspects her husband has been unfaithful and Ugo Tognazzi as a gambler who offers his wife as collateral for his excessive debts. Although the narratives are fairly simplistic, the anthology serves as a charming time capsule of mid-1960s Italy.

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