Gradiva (1970)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Norbert (Peter Chatel) is the young archaeologist who falls in love with the ancient statue of a woman discovered in Florence. One day he believes he sees the reincarnation of the woman in Pompei. He runs after the woman (Laura Antonelli) and tries to talk to her in ancient Greek and Latin, but he finds her to be a bimbo. Soon he is visited by a psychiatrist friend (Giorgio Albertazzi) who tries to uncover the reason for Norbert's obsession. Uneven flashbacks show the girl dying in the volcanic eruption that destroyed ancient Pompei. Soon Norbert and the woman attend a play and fall for each other. The two discover that they might have known each other as children.



archaeology, love, obsession, psychiatry, statue