I Fidanzati [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1963]

Ermanno Olmi's romantic film I Fidanzati (The Finances) gets a typically excellent release from Criterion. The film is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Italian soundtrack is rendered in Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an interview with the director, an essay written by film historian and critic Kent Jones, and the original theatrical trailer. This film has never looked as good on home video.
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Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Mysteries of life, a new video interview with director ermanno Olmi and film critic/historian (and occasional olmi collaborator) Tullio Kezich
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by critic Kent Jones
  • New and improved English subtitle translation


I Fidanzati
Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder as is seen in this romantic drama. The story begins when the young protagonist takes an 18 month long welding job in Sicily. Feeling that he and his fiancee, who have been together so long that their relationship has become stale and predictable, need a break, he looks forward to the trip. He is not long in Sicily before he begins pining for his true love. He tells her his feelings in a postcard and the relationship again begins to flourish. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Carlo Cabrini - Giovanni
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    Anna Canzi - Liliana
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