The Countess of Parma

The Countess of Parma (Italian: La contessa di Parma) is a 1936 Italian comedy film directed by Alessandro Blasetti and starring Elisa Cegani, Antonio Centa and María Denis. Marcella, a mannequin working in a fashion store in Turin, falls in love with an Italian International football player whose aunt has just acquired the store intending to replace its reliance on French fashions with Italian designs.[1]

The Countess of Parma
Directed byAlessandro Blasetti
Written byAlessandro Blasetti
Aldo De Benedetti
Gherardo Gherardi
Mario Soldati
StarringElisa Cegani
Antonio Centa
María Denis
Umberto Melnati
Music byAmedeo Escobar
Giovanni Fusco
CinematographyOtello Martelli
Giovanni Vitrotti
Edited byIgnazio Ferronetti
Alessandro Blasetti
Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane
Distributed byArtisti Associati
Release date
Running time
86 minutes

Blasetti later described it as his only "white telephone" film.[2]



  1. Paulicelli p.92-93
  2. Moliterno p.41


  • Liehm, Mira. Passion and Defiance: Film in Italy from 1942 to the Present. University of California Press, 1984.
  • Moliterno, Gino. Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2008.
  • Paulicelli, Eugenia. Fashion Under Fascism: Beyond the Black Shirt. Berg, 2004.
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