Metti, una sera a cena

Metti, una sera a cena (a.k.a. "One Night at Dinner" and "Love Circle") is a 1969 Italian drama film directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. It was entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Metti, una sera a cena
Film poster
Directed byGiuseppe Patroni Griffi
Written byDario Argento
Carlo Carunchio
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (play)
StarringJean-Louis Trintignant
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Edited byFranco Arcalli
Release date
  • 3 April 1969 (1969-04-03)
Running time
125 minutes


Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a successful bourgeois playwright who fantasizes an affair between his beautiful wife, Nina (Florinda Bolkan), and his best friend, Max (Tony Musante), a bisexual actor. Unbeknownst to him, the pair have in fact been lovers for years, though Max is really in love with Michel. While Nina is occupied with Max, Michel drifts into an affair with a rich, but lonely, single woman (Annie Girardot). The four meet regularly for dinner at the home of Michel and Nina where they indulge in bored, amoral conversation.

As a diversion, Max suggests to Nina that they add a third player to their bedroom games: Ric (Lino Capolicchio), Max's anarchist/poet boyfriend who lives in a dankly luxurious basement and sells himself to both men and women. After a while, Ric finds himself falling in love with Nina and eventually attempts suicide over her. Nina discovers Ric in time to save him and decides to leave Michel to live with Ric. But soon their relationship withers and Nina returns to her husband. It's then that Michel decides to invite Ric into the circle, as they go on meeting at dinner and playing their games of love and seduction.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: Metti una sera a cena". Retrieved 7 April 2009.
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