Finally Alone

Bearing the stamp of the Cecchi Gori comedy factory, where the main activity these days seems to be trying to clone its record-breaking blockbuster "The Cyclone," "Finally Alone" is a fizzle that demonstrates it takes talent and freshness to get laughs. This structureless, underdeveloped tale about four thirtysomething friends without women has done only modest biz with local audiences, who failed to buy its tired storyline and starless cast. Suffering like a dog when his rich girlfriend (Domiziana Giordana) leaves him to discover herself, Andrea (Marco Milani) turns to his buddies for comfort. But they have women problems, too. In the doldrums of marriage, Sandro (Giorgio Panariello), a gas repairman, tumbles into bed with sex-starved housewives until his wife (Tosca D'Aquino) sends him packing.

With:
Alberto ..... Rocco Papaleo Andrea ..... Marco Milani Sandro ..... Giorgio Panariello Christian ..... Daniele Liotti Rosi ..... Patrizia Piccinnini Antonietta ..... Tosca D'Aquino Irene ..... Domiziana Giordana

Divorce lawyer Alberto (Rocco Papaleo) is struggling to have a baby with his mate (Patrizia Piccinnini), despite a low sperm count. Hosting the hapless Andrea and Sandro in his flashy bachelor quarters is cute young soccer star Christian (Daniele Liotti), who has all the sex a single guy could want but — wouldn’t you know it? — longs for a nice girl with whom to raise a family.

For inspiration, veteran scripters Leo Benvenuti and Piero DeBernardi hark back to their classic 1975 hit “Amici Miei” (My Friends), based on an idea by Pietro Germi and filmed by Mario Monicelli. But here the stakes are low and the characters rather witless. Granted, helmer Umberto Marino (“Italy-Germany 4-3”) picked a pretty charmless cast of stage thesps to work with, but the fact that every character is a tired cliche doesn’t help the actors.

Tech credits, including Germano Mazzucchetti’s music, aim at as wide an audience as possible. Why cinematographer Maurizio Calvesi chose to shoot this humble comedy in widescreen is a mystery.

Finally Alone

Italian

Production: A Cecchi Gori Distribuzione release (in Italy) of a Cecchi Gori production. Produced by Rita and Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Directed by Umberto Marino. Screenplay, Leo Benvenuti, Piero DeBernardi, Marino

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Maurizio Calvesi; editor, Simona Paggi; music, Germano Mazzucchetti; art direction, Stefano Giambanco; costume design, Innocenza Coiro; sound (Dolby SR), Andrea Petrucci. Reviewed at Adriano Cinema, Rome, March 22, 1997. Running time: 91 MIN

With: Alberto ..... Rocco Papaleo Andrea ..... Marco Milani Sandro ..... Giorgio Panariello Christian ..... Daniele Liotti Rosi ..... Patrizia Piccinnini Antonietta ..... Tosca D'Aquino Irene ..... Domiziana Giordana

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