ⓘ Scent of a Woman (1974 film)


ⓘ Scent of a Woman (1974 film)

Scent of a Woman is a 1974 Commedia allitaliana film directed by Dino Risi, based on Il buio e il miele, a story by Giovanni Arpino. Both Risi and the leading actor Vittorio Gassman won important Italian and French awards. An American remake, Scent of a Woman, was released in 1992.


1. Plot

A blind Italian captain Fausto Consolo, accompanied by his aide Ciccio Giovanni Bertazzi, who has been assigned to him by the army, is on his way from Turin to Naples to meet with an old comrade who was also disfigured in the same military incident. Unknown to his aide, the Captain means to fulfill a suicide pact there. While they journey, the Captain asks Ciccio to help him spot beautiful women. Unsatisfied with the boys descriptions, he uses his nose instead, claiming that he can smell a beautiful woman. During their journey, he carries with him a picture of his beloved Sara, whom he could not bear to have see him disfigured and helpless. The suicide pact is eventually thwarted once Sara enters the picture, and the boy Ciccio does some much-needed growing up.


2. Cast

  • Alvaro Vitali: Vittorio
  • Torindo Bernardi: Vincenzo
  • Agostina Belli: Sara
  • Moira Orfei: Mirka
  • Vittorio Gassman: Fausto Consolo
  • Alessandro Momo: Giovanni Bertazzi

3. Awards

  • David di Donatello, Best Actor Vittorio Gassman, 1975
  • 1975 Cannes Film Festival, Best Actor Vittorio Gassman
  • Nastro dArgento, Best Actor Vittorio Gassman, 1975
  • Profumo di donna was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1976 as Best Foreign Film and as Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material.
  • Cesar Award for Best Foreign Film, 1976
  • David di Donatello, Best Director Dino Risi, 1975