Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This Italian movie is as much a love song to a place as a story. The place is the bohemian quarter in Rome known as the Trastevere. It is been compared to the Left Bank in Paris. This film features highly professional actors, a colorful setting, and very salty Italian dialogue. Actor/director Fausto Tozzi takes a tour of the neighborhood and its inhabitants in a series of colorful vignettes. Traveling between the Tiber river and the hill called Gianicolo, Vittorio De Sica searches for a lost pet, encountering along the way the difficulties faced by a gay nobleman, a suicidal American, the local prostitutes, and the intrigues and gossip that pass back and forth in a small square. The main dramatic issue seems to be how the slightly more conservative locals are dealing with an onslaught of hippie tourists.
aristocracy, homosexual, pets, prostitute/prostitution, search, slice-of-life, suicide