Passione d'Amore

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

An Italian costume drama set in the 19th century, about a dashing young cavalry officer and his love. Senso, alas, it is not. After interminable mopings when the lovers are separated by his transfer to a remote frontier post, things brighten up momentarily with the appearance of a mysterious woman bearing a marked resemblance to Murnau's Nosferatu. Her looks apparently suffered in an illness following an early amorous deception. Now, requiring to be treated with the forbearance befitting an officer and a gentleman, she battens onto our hero's affections like a vampire on heat. Probably only Buñuel could have got away with the grotesque romantic tushery whereby the enormity of her passion finally conjures a response, and the pair soar together in a bout of amour fou. Po faced nonsense with cardboard characters, it has excellent camerawork and nicely dry supporting performances from Trintignant and Blier.


Release details

119 mins

Cast and crew

Ettore Scola
Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola
Bernard Giraudeau
Valeria D'Obici
Laura Antonelli
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Massimo Girotti
Bernard Blier