Marcello Mastroianni is the handsome and charming Antonio, a ladies’ man, whose reputation precedes him. When he returns to his Sicilian hometown to marry Barbara Puglisi (Claudia Cardinale), he has to come to terms with his impotence especially as he must maintain his image as a stud. A disappointing Pier Paolo Pasolini-scripted social comedy, directed with a lack of flair, its neo-realist style was beginning to wear thin. While a good feel for the restrictions of Sicilian society and some biting observations distinguish Il Bell’ Antonio, it soon outstays its welcome and Mastroianni’s performance seems uncharacteristically unfocused.
Marcello Mastroianni (Antonio Magnano), Claudia Cardinale (Barbara Puglisi), Pierre Brasseur (Alfio Magnano), Rina Morelli (Rosaria Magnano), Tomás Milián (Edoardo), Fulvia Mammi (Elena Ardizzone), Patrizia Bini (Santuzza), Anna Arena (Signora Puglisi),
Director: Piero Piccioni
Producer: Alfredo Bini
Script: Pier Paolo Pasolini , Gino Visentini
France – Italy / 99 minutes / 1960