Tuesday 2 November 2021

Remembering Nino Manfredi - C'EREVAMO TANTO AMATI/WE ALL LOVED EACH OTHER (Ettore Scola, Italy, 1974) at the Randwick Ritz 6.30 pm on 29 November

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of an undisputed icon of Italian cinema: Nino Manfredi.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney in collaboration with Ritz Cinema in Randwick and Cinema Reborn, pays tribute to Manfredi by presenting a restored version of C’eravamo tanto amati (directed by Ettore Scola, 1974), obtained from the Cineteca Nazionale in Rome. 

Nino Manfredi  co-stars with Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Stefano Satta Flores and Aldo Fabrizi. In the movie three partisans bound by a strong friendship return home at the end of the war, but the clash with everyday reality puts a strain on their bond. The film won a César Award for Best Foreign Film in 1977. It also won two Silver Ribbons (Italian cinema critics awards) and the Golden Prize at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival in 1975.

And it's a film which reflects on the history of the cinema itself alongside the modern history of Italy with cameo appearances by Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio De Sica.

Stefania Sandrelli, Manfredi, C’eravamo tanto amati 

The movie, subtitled in English, will be introduced by well-known film critic and screenplay teacher C.J. Johnson. CJ  is the President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, the film and television critic for Nightlife - the flagship ABC national night-time radio program - and Head Lecturer in Screen Storytelling at Sydney Film School. He also lectures on cinemac eravamo poster at Clubs and Societies around Australia.


Born in Castro dei Volsci (FR) on March 3, 1921, after having graduated in Law to please his parents, Manfredi began attending the Academy of Dramatic Art in Rome. His first steps as an actor are on the stage of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan where he played Shakespeare and Pirandello. He reached the height of his popularity in the late 1950s thanks to a series of films where he played the crafty Italian  who reflected Italy's economic boom.  On television he ranged from the Saturday night variety like "Canzonissima", to great TV series such as Pinocchio (1971) by Luigi Comencini, in which he played a memorable Geppetto (Pinocchio’s dad). In the same period he had important roles in cinema, working with Lina Wertmüller, Damiano Damiani, Nanni Loy, Ettore Scola, Luigi Magni and Franco Brusati. As a director he made L’amore difficile, Per grazia ricevuta and Nudo di donna. With nearly 150 parts in various roles in film and television productions, he remains one of the most awarded Italian actors both at home and abroad

To book for this once only screening head to The Ritz Cinema Website by clicking here

Patrons are asked to respect the Covid-related rules established by the NSW Health authorities.


One of the major post-war directors in the Italian cinema, Scola died in 2016 after a lifetime of writing and directing some of the finest movies of his era. Among his most highly regarded work as a director were Passione d'Amore, Le Bal, Splendor, A Special Day, That Night in Varennes and We All Loved Each Other so Much. His films won awards at Moscow, Cannes and Berlin among many other Festival prizes and were nominated for a Foreign-Language Oscar on four occasions.

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