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IL QUADERNO DELLA SPESA

by Tonino Cervi

synopsis

Set in the early years of the 20th century, the protagonists of this story is a writer called Augusto, and a rather special cook. Augusto once wrote a best selling cookbook but is suffering from a bad attack of writer's block. He keeps asking his publishing house for advances and his friends for loans. He meets Antonia, who works as a cook for a countess. Antonio and the countess live with the noblewoman's daughter, a bland creature who's in love with a lieutenant with literary aspirations, and a half-mad sex-addict son who molests all the females of the house.

When the countess dies, Augusto hires Antonia. But she turns out to be much more than he expected. Antonia keeps what everyone believes to be a recipe book, in fact it's a sort of scandalous diary of everyone's secrets...

original title: IL QUADERNO DELLA SPESA
country: Italy
sales agent: Rai Trade
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Tonino Cervi
film run: 96'
release date: IT 07.03.03
screenplay: Rodolfo Sonego
cast: Emanuela Muni, Gabriele Lavia, Claudio Bigagli, David Sebasti, Domiziana Giordano, Laura Betti, Andy Luotto
cinematography by: Daniele Nannuzzi
film editing: Antonio Siciliano
art director: Carlo Gervasi
costumes designer: Alessandro Lai
music: Vince Tempera
producer: Tonino Cervi
production: Splendida Produzioni Internazionali, Rai Cinema
distributor: 20th Century Fox Italy

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