It's called Amore

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Original title It's called Amore
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1961
length 91 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Rolf Thiele
script Gregor von Rezzori ,
Rolf Thiele
production Film construction GmbH, Göttingen
( Hans Abich )
music Giovanni Fusco
camera Giuseppe La Torre
cut Caspar van den Berg

It's called Amore is a German-Italian feature film by Rolf Thiele, made in Italy in 1961, starring the old star Attila Hörbiger , who hereby ended his regular film work.


Director Thiele chose a very special, stylistic form as the staging construct; that of the figurative-allegorical design, which is determined by quotes from poems. At the center of the action is the aging poet Albert, who is the result of excessive alcohol consumption and reciting ancient verses, who is lusting after the much younger Fanny. She appears as a nereid and speaks of her own isolation. She, who has forgotten how to cry, only learns it in the moment of unfulfilled sexuality. “You cry like a real person. What a hope for you! ”The poet acknowledges her reaction. Soon there will be a real scandal. At the same time, Elise, the writer's wife, tries to catch the young Beau Fabrizio, who, however, shows no interest in her. Ultimately, both spouses fail in their attempt under the southern sun in the tourist paradise to demand libertinage and free sexuality as the panacea of ​​a promiscuous and hedonistic world. In the end there is melancholy and disillusionment everywhere.

Production notes

It is called Amore. It was made in March and April 1961 in various locations in Italy (including Taormina, Agrigentum, Syracuse, Rapallo, Mazzaro and Rome) and was premiered on June 23, 1961 in the Zeil cinema in Frankfurt.


“Thiele and his co-author Gregor von Rezzori were striving ... for something higher than just a critical presentation of erotic excesses. 'They call it Amore' should round off Thiele's earlier works 'Das Mädchen Rosemarie' and 'Labyrinth' into a trilogy. The director had in mind nothing less than 'to document the tendencies towards dissolution of our western society'. In front of Roman column torsos and to the sound of ancient Goethe verses, 'two things should declare their bankruptcy: poetry and sexuality'. The bankrupt poetry is embodied by Attila Hörbiger as a poet, the author Rezzori, in addition to quotes from Aeschylus, has self-made free verses speak in fashionable educational jargon (...) The blonde tourists to Italy are supposed to symbolize bankrupt sexuality, 'modern libertinage with its entourage of boredom, brutality and melancholy '(Thiele). "

- Der Spiegel from June 28, 1961

“In the beginning, director Rolf Thiele ('Das Mädchen Rosemarie', 'Der liebe Augustin') and co-author Gregor von Rezzori only had the love story in mind. What remains is a cliché monument surrounded by literary arabesques. Hardened teenager learns love and pain: seen a hundred times, and the moral: 'You are crying - what a hope for you!' doesn't sound new either. But the teenager is no ordinary, but a 'nereid' - she appears to a poet as if she had emerged from the sea, and this poet shakes poems out of his sleeve that Rezzori must have tinkered for more than ten minutes. (...) The features section about sexual promiscuity in southern tourist paradises is not very plausibly linked to the love story. You don't really see what drives the renowned poet to go on holiday in a crowded fashion town - in these circles you still know and appreciate the undiscovered corners. But on their own these sequences are quite funny. The rhythmic montage gives them momentum, the details are aptly observed, and the music by the Resnais and Antonioni composer Giovanni Fusco lets the melancholy shine through behind the operation. The contrasting commentary on the current pictures with quotations from the 'Roman Elegies' gives off some fine effects. "

- Die Zeit , edition of June 30, 1961

“The attempt to counter the erotic hustle and bustle on the holiday beach at the beginning of the 1960s with peculiar image allegories from the classic educational trip across the Alps - Nordic sea nymphs, southern bikini girls, German tourists and young Italians get entangled in love deals that remain dark. The commentary quotes verses by Goethe and Aeschylus. An inedible, pretentious mixture of priman joke and old man's fantasy. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. It's called Amore. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used