Francesca and Nunziata

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

This ornately designed, 19th century family epic, adapted from a novel by Maria Orsini Natale, seems mild compared to the controversial works that made Wertmüller's name. Francesca (Loren) is the head of a pasta empire, married to a foolish aristocrat (Giannini). Nunziata is the orphan they adopt to fulfil a vow. After some years, the couple's dreamy eldest son returns to Italy, and he and Nunziata fall into a helpless, secret romance while the family business slips into crisis. A frustratingly elliptical pace tests credulity, despite Gerini's elegant portrayal of Nunziata. That said, the classic Wertmüller pairing of Loren and Giannini retains a glorious charisma, their characters illustrating the director's argument that 'The wiser a woman is, the more she realises that her man should feel like a king at home, and not an asshole.'

By: AHa


Release details

125 mins

Cast and crew

Lina Wertmüller
Lina Wertmüller, Elvio Porta
Sophia Loren
Giancarlo Giannini
Claudia Gerini
Raoul Bova
Carmen Femiano
Domenico Orsini
Vanessa Sabet
Moira Grassi
Luciano De Crescenzo
Armando Pugliese
Massimo Wertmüller
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