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'.

Signore & Signori
(The Birds, the Bees and the Italians)
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Original film poster
Directed byPietro Germi
Written byAge
Pietro Germi
Luciano Vincenzoni
StarringVirna Lisi
Gastone Moschin
Nora Ricci
CinematographyAiace Parolin
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
Distributed byDear Film
Release dates
  • 10 February 1966 (1966-02-10) (Italy)
  • 24 June 1966 (1966-06-24) (France)
Running time
115 minutes

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 town's 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.[1] It was later selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[2]



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Birds, the Bees and the Italians". Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Cannes Classics 2016". Cannes Film Festival. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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