We All Loved Each Other So Much (1975)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 136 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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We All Loved Each Other So Much is a true gem of a comedy. Ettore Scola has written and directed a film that examine the passage of time and how it affects a trio of men and the woman with whom they intersect. It is very definitely a comedy, often a laugh-out-loud comedy, but also one that is as concerned with emotional impact as it is with setting up the next gag. The humor throughout the filmed is tinged with a rueful melancholy, but it never bogs the film down; indeed, it's also true that the most serious parts of the film are tinged with comedy. Scola's sense is unerring in Loved, never making a wrong turn and always ready to spring a surprise -- sometimes a big one, sometimes a delightfully small one -- at the audience. He creates real, genuine characters; you think that you can sum them up in a few words but soon realize that doing so doesn't do justice to them. And the theme of the passage of time and its marks on us is one that is universally pertinent. Scola is blessed with a quartet of lovely performances, none more so than Vittorio Gassman's, as well as a scene stealing turn from Aldo Fabrizi. And the cameos from Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini and Vittorio de Sica are priceless. Throw in some stunning photography and the result is a rare picture that deserves many repeat viewings.