Poveri ma belli (Poor but Handsome). 1957. Italy/France. Directed by Dino Risi. Screenplay by Dino Risi, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa. With Renato Salvatori, Maurizio Arena, Marisa Allasio. In Italian; English subtitles. 101 min.
The Piazza Navona in Rome, a favorite Risi location, is the playground of innocent flirtations in this, the first in his trilogy of breezy Neorealist comedies about love and other responsibilities in 1950s Italy. Povere ma belli finds childhood friends Romolo and Salvatore scarcely containing their rivalrous lust for Giovanna, who plays hard to get. New 35mm print courtesy Luce Cinecittà.