Villa Borghese (1954)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Villa Borghese is Grand Hotel with trees and shrubbery. Set in the famed Roman city park of Villa Borghese, the film offers pithy character vignettes of the various people from various walks of life who stroll through the park in the course of a day. The all-star cast includes Vittorio De Sica as an aging playboy, Eduardo de Fillipo as a father arranging a wealthy marriage for his crippled daughter, Michele Presle and Gerard Philipe as a pair of illicit lovers, and Anna Maria Ferrero as a good-hearted prostitute. Six top Italian writers collaborated on the screenplay of this entertaining mosaic. TV prints of Villa Borghese retain the photographic slickness of the original, though the dubbing is rather crude.