The Tiger and the Pussycat

Il Tigre, internationally released as The Tiger and the Pussycat, is a 1967 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi.[1] For his performance, Vittorio Gassman won the David di Donatello for best actor;[2] the film also won the David di Donatello for best producer.[2]

The Tiger and the Pussycat
Il Tigre
Directed byDino Risi
Written byAgenore Incrocci
Furio Scarpelli
Dino Risi
StarringVittorio Gassman
Music byFred Bongusto
CinematographyAlessandro D'Eva
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)


In Rome, the teenaged son of Francesco Vincenzini tries to kill himself after his affections are rejected by Carolina, a beautiful art student.

Francesco decides to confront the young woman and condemn what she has done. Instead, he is seduced by her. Francesco is married and has recently become a grandfather. His fling with Carolina makes him feel young again, but he begins to neglect his family and his work.

Invited to run off to Paris with her, Francesco writes a farewell letter to his wife and leaves for the train station. At the last minute, he comes to his senses and decides to return home, where Esperia pretends that she did not read his letter.



The film made its American premiere in New York City on September 20, 1967 on a double bill with the Raquel Welch vehicle Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand.[3]


  1. Enrico Giacovelli. La commedia all'italiana. Gremese Editore, 1995. ISBN 88-7605-873-7.
  2. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998.
  3. "Entertainment Events". The New York Times. September 20, 1967. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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