In the 1860’s, Giorgio (Bernard Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Laura Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Massimo Girotti). He becames friends with the colonel and the local doctor (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Among the inhabitants of the house, there is a strange young woman – Fosca (Valeria D’Obici) who is both unattractive and mad. However, she has a passion that Giorgio will have to cope with.
Passion of Love (Italian: Passione d’amore) is a 1981 Italian drama film directed by Ettore Scola adapted from the novel Fosca by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti. The film was entered into the 1981 Cannes Film Festival and served as the inspiration for the 1994 Broadway musical Passion by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.
Passion of Love (1981)
Directed by: Ettore Scola
Starring: Bernard Giraudeau, Valeria D’Obici, Laura Antonelli, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Massimo Girotti, Bernard Blier, Rosaria Schemmari
Screenplay by: Ruggero Maccari
Cinematography by: Claudio Ragona
Film Editing by: Raimondo Crociani
Costume Design by: Gabriella Pescucci
Art Direction by: Fiorenzo Senese
Music by: Armando Trovajoli
Distributed by: Putnam Square Films
Release Date: May 7, 1981