Synopsis: Splendor is the name of an old movie theater managed by Jordan (Mastroianni), who inherited it from his father. The theater is in decay and only generates debts and trouble, but Jordan gets aid in his almost quixotian quest from projectionist Luigi (Troisi) and ushurette Chantale (Vlady). However, Jordan is finally forced to sell the Splendor to businessman Lo Fazio (Piperno), which plans to transform it in some kind of furniture store. When Jordan leaves the theater for the last time (the very first scene), he recalls the glorious days of Splendor and movies in general.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ettore Scola
  1 win & 7 nominations.
110 min

To The Splendor!

This way...

We'll soon get started...

This is the scale model

for the new project...

following your suggestions...

The main idea is to have

a sole room...

if instead you wish to stick to

the original project,

we can leave a wide entrance,

with the two lateral stairs

separated from...


should we load this too?

Here in the "way in", the entrance...

We originally had an elevator,

but seeing it's just one floor,

I opted for an escalator.

In this room you'll have the

device showroom, TV, Hi-Fi...

and the bathrooms...

...the cheap seats...

the sections...

- ... also, from this side...

- No, it stays here in the hall...

Watch your hands.

- What are they doing?

- Assembling the movie theater.

The Mayor authorized it.

Hey, you want to get

me into trouble?

- Why?

- What do you mean, why?

"Mussolini defends the furrow"...

Want to turn him into

a forest ranger?


Move it...

- But it's all mounted.

- You have to move it.

All right.

We have to move it here.


- Here's the Mayor.

- Good evening, Mayor.

Gregorio, bring the chair.

I've spotted a place here.

...I won't let you see.

It's starting!

I'm the sound technician...

the memories of my childhood

are almost all here...

crackles from the screen

as loud as explosions...

Verdi's trumpets and Fritz

Lang's sprocket wheels.

In order! Get in line!

Don't push or I'll

suspend ticket sales.

Get your money ready

and don't push.

Casimiro! Casimiro! These people

will tear down the house.


- Excuse me, excuse me.

- What's up?

- Yeah, Jordan, the where and the when.

- Right, the how and the why.

Jordan, there's standing-room-only

in the lower seats.

Miss Chantal di Vidier.

Get ready for the next number.

Thanks a lot!

We'll go directly from Viel to the

great comedian Giaque Vita.

"Voila Mon Reine" Is that

how you say it in French?

I've never seen such

a pretty movie house.

Outline of Neorealism.

What's neorealism?

Look, in films...

you shouldn't make people

dream by fooling them...

you should say the truth.

"Roma, citt aperta"

- Schiusa?

- "Sciusci"

- Paisa?

- "Pais"

- "Miracolo a Milano"

- Yes, but look there.

Even then there was a boss,

a scumbag like yours.

Like all bosses, as

a matter of fact.

He persecuted the beggars,

the homeless...

Does it have a happy ending?

Yes, like all fables, it ends well.

You can see it

tomorrow if you like.

- Tomorrow?

- Yes, tomorrow.

"A lira to see the sunset.

Make yourself comfortable, please."

"A lira for the sunset."

What a profile! What a look!

What a face!

"You won't end up here.

Who knows who your father was?

"100 liras.

"100 liras?


"What a face, what a smile,

what a spiritual look!

"You're something important,

"Who knows how it will come out?

It doesn't end here.

- Jordan!

- What?

Standing room only in

the lower seats.

Standing room only.

Come on, boys, wake up.


"If you weren't drafted before,

Why are you here now?

"I was in a "college"

until a few days ago.

- "Do you understand?

- But then came the amnesty...

This government is big-hearted!

- "30 liras.

- 20.

"I help you, and you haggle?

"What's your name?

"I don't do it for the money,

but because I pity you.

"Very well, 30 liras!

"Ok, kid, answer me a question.

"Have you understood I was

at the Orsoline "college"?

"Maybe I didn't express myself clearly.

First give, then you can have.

My name is Bruno.

- "First give, then have?

- Yes.

"I make no promises.

"My name is Busacca Giovanni, with

double "n". '88 class, from Milan.

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Ettore Scola

Ettore Scola (Italian pronunciation: [ˌɛtːore ˈskɔːla]; 10 May 1931 – 19 January 2016) was an Italian screenwriter and film director. He received a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1978 for his film A Special Day and over the course of his film career was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. more…

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