ⓘ The Birds, the Bees and the Italians


ⓘ The Birds, the Bees and the Italians

The Birds, the Bees and the Italians is a 1966 Italian film directed by Pietro Germi. Its original Italian title is Signore & Signori, which means Ladies and Gentlemen.

The anthology film is a sex comedy that presents three storylines, all set in the Italian town of Treviso. In the first story, a husband pretends to be impotent as a cover for having an affair. In the second, a bank clerk abandons his wife for his mistress, but the rest of the towns husbands become jealous and unite to conspire against them. In the third, men of the town all seduce a promiscuous teenager, but her father eventually reveals that she is underage, and they face prosecution for statutory rape.

The film shared the Grand Prix with A Man and a Woman at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. It was later selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.


1. Cast

  • Gia Sandri – Betty Soligo
  • Virgilio Scapin – Don Schiavon
  • Gigi Ballista – Giacinto Castellan
  • Nora Ricci – Gilda Bisigato
  • Franco Fabrizi – Lino Benedetti
  • Carlo Bagno – Bepi Cristofoletto
  • Moira Orfei – Giorgia Casellato
  • Virgilio Gazzolo – Newspaper editor
  • Alberto Lionello – Toni Gasparini
  • Gastone Moschin – Osvaldo Bisigato
  • Olga Villi – Ippolita Gasparini
  • Beba Loncar – Noemi Castellan
  • Quinto Parmeggiani – Giovanni Soligo
  • Patrizia Valturri – Alda Cristofoletto
  • Virna Lisi – Milena Zulian