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The Mandrake

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Original title
La mandragolaaka
  • Mandragola: The Love Root
Running time
108 min.
Italy Italy
Alberto Lattuada, Luigi Magni, Stefano Strucchi (Play: Niccolò Machiavelli)
Gino Marinuzzi Jr.
Tonino Delli Colli (B&N)
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Co-production Italy-France; Arco Film
Comedy | 16th Century
Synopsis / Plot
The passage of time has vitiated "Mandragola," Machiavelli's cynical lampoon of 16th-century Florentine morality and the fabulous fertility attributes of the mandrake root. As presented in the Italian period comedy that was exposed at the Cinema Rendezvous yesterday, the satire and the legend, which is as ancient as the Book of Genesis and credulous human beings, are relayed with the approximate subtlety of jokes at a bachelor dinner. The critical thrusts at a dissolute, often irresponsible society that made "Mandragola" a classic of Italian literature are all too rare in this energetic, if obvious and broadly played farce.
1966: Nominated for Oscar: Best Costume Design (B&W)
1965: David di Donatello Awards: Golden Plate (Rosanna Schiaffino)
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