Ghosts of Rome

Ghosts of Rome (Italian: Fantasmi a Roma) is a 1961 Italian comedy film directed by Antonio Pietrangeli.[1] It was released in the UK in 1964 as The Phantom Lovers.

Ghosts of Rome
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Directed byAntonio Pietrangeli
Written bySergio Amidei
Ennio Flaiano
Ruggero Maccari
Antonio Pietrangeli
Ettore Scola
Based onidea by Sergio Amidei
story by Ennio Flaiano
Antonio Pietrangeli
Ettore Scola
Ruggero Maccari
Produced byFranco Cristaldi
StarringMarcello Mastroianni
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Music byNino Rota
Galatea Film
Lux Film
Vides Cinematografica
Distributed byGala (UK)
Release date
  • 1961 (1961)

1964 (UK)
Running time
105 minutes


Count di Roviano refuses to sell his palace to a developer, despite having no money. He lives with ghosts: Ronaldo, a lady's man, Bartholomew, a friar, Flora, who died with love, and a five year old boy.

The Count is blown up by his water heater and joins the ghosts. His nephew Fredeico inherits the castle and moves in with his girlfriend Eileen, intending to sell it. The ghosts call in an artist friend, Caprra, and try to get him to finish a painting so the castle is declared a national monument.



One review called it "a jolly little Roman fantasy."[2] The Spectator called it "a cheerful surprise."[3]

The Monthly Film Bulletin called it an "inoffensive comedy has a theme too slight and too lacking to be anything other than tedious when treated at such length."[4]

Sight and Sound called it "a fragile fantasy".[5] Filmink called it "entertaining".[6]


  1. ^ "NY Times: Ghosts of Rome". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  2. ^ Beauty and the beast Grant, Elspeth. The Tatler and Bystander; London Vol. 253, Iss. 3289, (Sep 9, 1964): 511.
  3. ^ The Goddess. (Academy Cinema Club, 'A' certificatr.)-Phantom Lovers. (Continentale, 'A' certificate) (Book Review) QUIGLY, ISABEL. The Spectator; London Vol. 213, Iss. 7106, (Sep 4, 1964): 312.
  4. ^ PHANTOM LOVERS "(Fantasmi a Roma)" Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 31, Iss. 360, (Jan 1, 1964): 148.
  5. ^ Review of film at Sight and Sound
  6. ^ Vagg, Stephen (7 September 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.

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