Hungry for Love / Adua e le compagne (1960)

5.0 out of 5

Seldom has black-and-white footage looked as lush and captivating as it does in Hungry for Love. The visual equivalent of the appropriately utilised Santo and Johnny classic, Sleep Walk, this Golden Lion nominated feature is a real joy to behold.

Combined with a real eye for location, delightfully captured by the realist cinematography of Armando "Silver Bullet" Nannuzzi, this makes for an essential of early sixties Italian cinema.

Star, Simone Signoret of Les Diaboliques, is excellent as a pushy brothel madame in this rambling yet ultimately fulfilling, dramatic tale, while the legendary Marcello Mastroianni provides her, cynically, with a manipulative loverat-interest who leads her to a Fellini-esque conclusion. Direction is by Antonio Pietrangeli, assistant on Visconti's iconic Ossessione.

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