A Pocketful of Chestnuts

A Pocketful of Chestnuts Italian: Le castagne sono buone) is a 1970 Italian comedy film directed by Pietro Germi.[1][2][3]

A Pocketful of Chestnuts
Directed byPietro Germi
Written byLeo Benvenuti
Piero De Bernardi
Tullio Pinelli
Pietro Germi
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
CinematographyAiace Parolin
Release date


Luigi Vivarelli is a television director, a cynical and unrepentant womanizer. One day he meets Carla Lotito, an architecture student, and is immediately attracted to her. But Carla isn't like the other women that Luigi deals with - she's a Catholic who believes in the old and simple values that modern society deems unfashionable. Both try to convince the other of the rightness of their philosophy, and their basic disagreements put their love in jeopardy.



In his previous films, Pietro Germi sharply satirized the hypocritical morality and conformity of proper Italian society. In this film, however, he turned his scorn towards the "immoral" youth of the 1960s, defending the conservative values. For this reason the film was heavily attacked by Italian critics, criticizing it as didactic and reactionary. Germi angrily responded that "critics are only good for a sociological study - their reaction is proof of the cultural degeneration that they are a part of".[4]

See also


  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi & Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876059350.
  2. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  3. Laura Morandini; Luisa Morandini & Morando Morandini. Il Morandini: Dizionario dei film, 2006. Zanichelli, 2005. ISBN 8808327108.
  4. Livia Madeo (11 November 1970). "Germi polemico difende le castagne". La Stampa. p. 6.

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