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The Gold Rimmed Glasses (1987)

Gli occhiali d'oro (original title)
A Jewish family and a homosexual doctor suffer persecution in Fascist Italy. Based on a novel by Giorgio Bassani.


Giuliano Montaldo


Giorgio Bassani (novel), Nicola Badalucco (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Philippe Noiret ... Dr. Fadigati
Rupert Everett ... David Lattes
Valeria Golino ... Nora Treves
Stefania Sandrelli ... Signora Lavezzoli
Nicola Farron Nicola Farron ... Eraldo
Roberto Herlitzka
Riccardo Diana Riccardo Diana
Anna Lezzi Anna Lezzi
Giovanni Rubin De Cervin Giovanni Rubin De Cervin
Lavinia Segurini Lavinia Segurini
Luca Zingaretti ... Molon
Ivana Despotovic Ivana Despotovic ... Carlotta
Rade Markovic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maximiliano Czertok Maximiliano Czertok
Arianna Felloni Arianna Felloni


This movie, based on a novel by Giorgio Bassani, plays in the high-day of Mussolini's Fascist Italy. Eraldo is a golden boy, a stunningly beautiful college student and boxer, popular and spoiled rotten by his mother. To keep living beyond his means he 'gratiously accepts' the generous, rarely returned favors of Dr. Fadigati, an elder, gay gentleman who tries to live his life morally despite the age, but cannot keep stand by as it leads to increasing violence, especially against Jews such as the brilliant student David Lattes and even a professor at Eraldo's North Italian university. More tragedy is in the making... Written by KGF Vissers

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25 September 1987 (Italy) See more »

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Heartrending story on hate and prejudice
11 June 2017 | by haldunarmaganSee all my reviews

I was deeply moved by original version of this movie despite my survival Italian. Recently, I had the chance to see it again with English subtitles. Yes, indeed, watching as The Gold Rimmed Glasses verifies my earlier conclusion that it delivers a timeless story on rise of oppression and versatility of human emotions -- in the very negative sense-- depending on political climate, in other words, societal readiness for submission. Based on Giorgio Bassani's novel, The Gold Rimmed Glasses unfolds story of outcasts on two levels, social-political and individual. Set in 1938 Ferrara, Italy, those layers are interwoven beautifully. University student David (Rupert Everett), a wealthy Jewish family witnesses in great despair the rise of Mussolini fascism along with increasingly alarming racial laws and neighborhood hate and hostility. Staying calm on the eve of a world war becomes a virtual reality for Jews and anyone "different," which brings second layer of the story come into play. Played by Phillippe Noiret, doctor Fadigati is not a Jew but feels like one of the "others" because of his homosexuality. He wants his own life and keep cool as much as possible, however, the inevitable game of survival with rise of fascism haunts him in the aftermath of his boyfriend's abuse. In a poisoned atmosphere, where Mussolini finds alliance with Hitler, only David and Fadigati can understand and support each other. Dismayed by his girlfriend's decision to convert to Catholicism, David does his best to rage against changing times, whereas Fadigati yields to his fate. Under Giuliano Montaldo's direction, Phillippe Noiret and Rupert Everett are wonderful in their roles. They deserve extra credit by playing Italian characters considering former being French and latter being British. A great movie in Italian, I hope, The Gold Rimmed Glasses gets digital restoration eventually to receive international acclamation it deserves.

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