Adua and Friends

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Adua and Friends
(Adua e le compagne)
Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli
Produced by Moris Ergas
Written by Ruggero Maccari, Antonio Pietrangeli, Ettore Scola, Tullio Pinelli
Starring Sandra Milo, Marcello Mastroianni, Simone Signoret
Music by Piero Piccioni
Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Distributed by Titanus
Release dates 1960
Running time 106 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Adua and Friends (Italian: Adua e le compagne), also known as Hungry For Love, is a 1960 Italian film directed by Antonio Pietrangeli with a collaborative screenplay by the film's director together with Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola and Tullio Pinelli. The plot concerns the efforts of four prostitutes to eke out a living after being thrown out of their jobs by enactment of the Merlin Law, which shut down Italy's legalized brothels.


Adua is a prostitute who along with three friends working in so-called "brothels" in Rome. However, for a special law these apartments are seized and prostitutes are found in the street. The girls, however, do not give wins to open a restaurant, living happy and earning a lot of money. But a man's going to exploit them as their own need to get rich ...



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