Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 15, 1953

Times Gone By (Cines; Italian Film Export) is an Italian-made grab bag of episodes that range all the way from the melodramatic to the slapstick. Based on short stories and a play by late 19th century Italian authors, the picture is held together by a rather flimsy plot device: a bookdealer (Aldo Fabrizi) who skims through tales of the '90s.

The outstanding episodes:

¶ A droll, Maupassant-like tale about a young married woman and her lover, who fritter away the few hours they have together in bickering and jealous suspicion.

¶ A moving, Proustian story...

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