The Lovemakers (film)

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The Lovemakers
Directed by Mauro Bolognini
Produced by Alfredo Bini
Written by Mario Pratesi
Vasco Pratolini
Starring Claudia Cardinale
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Music by Piero Piccioni
Cinematography Leonida Barboni
Edited by Nino Baragli
Distributed by Titanus
Arco Film
Galatea Film
Release date
13 June 1961 (France)
Country Italy
Language Italian language
Box office 698,077 admissions (France)[1]

The Lovemakers (Italian: La Viaccia) is a 1961 Italian drama film directed by Mauro Bolognini based on a novel by Mario Pratesi. The film stars Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo. It was entered into the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando buys out his other relatives in order to gain full control over the dead man's property. But Ferdinando's country-bumpkin nephew Amerigo holds out. Amerigo's stance is weakened when he heads for the city and meets prostitute Bianca. To support her in the manner in which she is accustomed, Amerigo steals from his uncle. Disgraced in the eyes of his family, Amerigo decides to stay near his beloved Bianca by becoming a bouncer in her brothel.



  1. ^ Box office information for Jean Paul Belmondo films at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Lovemakers". Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

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