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Niccolò Vivaldi is a cello player and he plays in Arena di Verona Orchestra. But he is not the first and neither the second cello. He is frustrated. Nobody can remember his face, nor his name. Niccolò is married to Costanza, who is really beautiful and he takes some pictures of her naked. Later he shows the pictures to a friend and so he feels better. He starts to write a comic opera called "Il merlo maschio" only to discover later he had written Rossini's "La gazza ladra". To maintain his self-esteem he can only show his wife...

  1. Pasquale Festa Campanile

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Luciano Bianciardi


Top Billed Cast

  1. Lando Buzzanca

    Lando Buzzanca

    Niccolo Vivaldi

  2. Laura Antonelli

    Laura Antonelli

    Costanza Vivaldi

  3. Lino Toffolo

    Lino Toffolo

    le violoncelliste Cavalmoretti

  4. Ferruccio De Ceresa

    le psychanalyste

  5. Gianrico Tedeschi

    Gianrico Tedeschi

    Orchestra conductor

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Secret Fantasy
Secret Fantasy


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Original Title Il merlo maschio

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 22, 1971


Original Language Italian

Runtime 1h 50m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -



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