An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every situation, nicknames the youth Ciccio (“Babyfat”), and spends the next few days ordering him about and generally behaving badly in public.
In Rome, Fausto summons a priest to ask for his blessing; in Naples, where Fausto joins a blind lieutenant for drinking and revelry, the two soldiers talk quietly and seriously about “going through with it.” Also in Naples is Sara, in love with Fausto, but treated cruelly by him. What do the blind soldiers plan? Can Sara soften Fausto’s hardened heart?
Scent of a Woman (Italian: Profumo di donna) is a 1974 Commedia all’italiana film directed by Dino Risi, based on Il buio e il miele, a story by Giovanni Arpino. Both Risi and the leading actor Vittorio Gassman won important Italian and French awards. There is also an American remake, Scent of a Woman.
Scent of a Woman (1974)
Directed by: Dino Risi
Starring: Vittorio Gassman, Alessandro Momo, Agostina Belli, Moira Orfei, Franco Ricci, Elena Veronese, Lorenzo Piani, Stefania Spugnini
Screenplay by: Ruggero Maccari
Production Design by: Lorenzo Baraldi
Cinematography by: Claudio Cirillo
Film Editing by: Alberto Gallitti
Costume Design by: Benito Persico
Music by: Armando Trovajoli
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 20, 1974