Splendor (1989 film)

Splendor is a 1989 Italian drama film directed by Ettore Scola.[1]

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Directed byEttore Scola
Written byEttore Scola
StarringMarcello Mastroianni
Marina Vlady
Massimo Troisi
CinematographyLuciano Tovoli
Edited byFrancesco Malvestito
Music byArmando Trovajoli
Running time
110 minutes


Jordan (Marcello Mastroianni) runs a struggling cinema called Splendor in a small town in Italy. Low ticket sales mean that the cinema is no longer a viable business, and Jordan reflects on his experiences running Splendor, from his arrival in the town as a child with his father. He meets French showgirl Chantal (Marina Vlady) at one of her performances, and she comes to work for him as an usher. Cinephile Luigi (Massimo Troisi) repeatedly attends screenings of Il Sorpasso in order to see Chantal, with whom he is besotted, and after a brief fling he begins working for Jordan as the projectionist. Attendance at the cinema decreases with the rise of television and Jordan considers bringing in strippers to try to solve his financial problems. Throughout are seen clips of the films shown at the cinema: Metropolis, It’s a Wonderful Life, La Grande Guerra, Amarcord, amongst others.




  1. ^ "NY Times: Splendor". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Splendor". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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