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Metello is a 1970 Italian drama film directed by Mauro Bolognini. It was entered into the 1970 Cannes Film Festival. It starred Massimo Ranieri as the title character.

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Film poster
Directed byMauro Bolognini
Produced byGianni Hecht Lucari
Fausto Saraceni
Written byLuigi Bazzoni
Mauro Bolognini
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Ugo Pirro
Vasco Pratolini
StarringMassimo Ranieri
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
  • 16 April 1970 (1970-04-16)
Running time
107 minutes


During the end of the 19th century, young Metello decides to start a new life after the sudden loss of his parents. He meets a young girl, Ersilia. They get married and have a son. Metello becomes involved in a political activity at work and is arrested. He then lies that he won't be involved in the activity anymore, and as a result, has to flee town. He arrives at his new destination, and meets Viola, a middle-aged school teacher. He then has an affair with her, and as a result, she gives birth to his daughter. Towards the end of the film, Metello realizes that he really belongs back home with Ersilia.



Massimo won the David di Donatello award for best actor, and Ottavia Piccolo won the award for Best Actress at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Metello". Retrieved 10 April 2009.

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