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The Divine Nymph (1975)

Divina creatura (original title)
A beautiful woman (Laura Antonelli) engages in affairs with two men, playing them against each other. Set in the decadent Roaring Twenties, the triangle dissolves against suicide and fascism.

Writers:

Luciano Zuccoli (novel), Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Antonelli ... Manoela
Terence Stamp ... Dany di Bagnasco
Michele Placido ... Martino Ghiondelli
Duilio Del Prete ... Armellini
Marcello Mastroianni ... Michele Barra
Carlo Tamberlani ... Majordomo Pasqualino
Cecilia Polizzi Cecilia Polizzi ... Dany's Maid
Piero Di Iorio Piero Di Iorio ... Cameriere di Stefano
Marina Berti ... Manoela's Aunt
Doris Duranti ... Ferdinanda Fones
Ettore Manni ... Il professore Marco Pisani
Corrado Annicelli Corrado Annicelli
Gino Cassani Gino Cassani
Annamaria Cordogna Annamaria Cordogna
Viviana Dell'Aquila Viviana Dell'Aquila
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Storyline

The sentimental battle that two men, Dany and Michele who are fighting to conquer the heart of Manuela, a beautiful and attractive woman who has become the only person who gives meaning to the lives of both men. They are part of the same lineage and must play their cards properly with the intention of falling in love with the girl. Even so, she goes out of her way to downplay the issue every time people ask about her two suitors.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 October 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Divine Nymph See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmarpa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in I Am Self Sufficient (1976) See more »

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An underrated classic
19 February 2005 | by AudemarsPiguetSee all my reviews

They were called Women in Love,The Great Gatsby,Day of the Locust,Glissando,Valentino,Star!,Cabaret,Boulevard Du Rhum,Lucky Lady and so on. But another movie depicting the excessive and addictive adventure called the roaring twenties was largely forgotten and underrated. Divina Creatura is,in fact,a masterpiece and Patroni Griffi,its director equals Fellini,Bolognini and Visconti both in psychological depth and the portrayal of the decadent Italian aristocracy. Often this film has been criticized for various reasons: 1.nothing ever happens-nothing but the lavish,kingly boredom of some decadent members of the upper crust 2.the story is,at a closer look,plain and commonplace-you wouldn't need such an all-star cast and opulent settings just to depict love's labors lost of certain characters,which,to our disappointment,in spite of their privileged background repeat a story typical for every time and place where men and women exist. If at first look these two accusations might be true,from the first scenes this film proves the opposite.settings are superb,filmed in a way only European cinema can,almost every scene being visually a feast,exhaling that Mediterranean,baroque,antique,colorful and sometimes melancholic beauty of the settings often used in Italian cinema(this film was partly shot in a palace in Palermo,the ultra-sophisticated Grand Hotel Villa Igiea,probably not far from that used in Visconti's Gattopardo).Besides the storyline must be stressing upon the (apparently)unimportant little conflicts and pleasures of aristocratic life.To depict all these details with care and combine them into an accomplished work of art-this is what Patroni Griffi is achieving,where other filmmakers might fail. A story about the twenties doesn't need to be necessarily very profound,rather a lavish feast for the senses will do. The cast is marvelous and richly fulfilling:Ternce Stamp as Dany Bagnasco exhales the same elegant style Visconi's Fabrizio Di Salina from Il Gattopardo or Tullio Hermil from Innocente does-the same fascination for sensuality,luxury,death as a voluptuous dissipation,dandy-ism.Whereas Laura Antonelli almost equals Garbo in the part of the divine,chillingly distant,yet vulnerable femme fatal-actually the part would have fitted Garbo perfectly,would the film have been made decades earlier. The quotes in silent movie style prove that this film has a high intellectual level,while the visual impact is one of the most beautiful in movie history:it's worth watching almost only for the settings,irrespective of the storyline.Perfect for the moviegoers who enjoy Italian&European cinema,for all readers of literature dealing with aristocratic life(Zuccoli the writer of the novel which was turned into this film was also an aristocrat,count Luciano Von Ingenheim)like Turgheniew,Proust,D'Annunzio,Lampedusa,of literature about the roaring twenties(Fitzgerald,D.H.Lawrence),of authors like Thomas Mann,Nabokow,Moravia. My absolute favorite!


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