Cinema: The Making of a Heel

II Successo. At 38, Giulio considers himself a flop. He is a college graduate, a good-looking loser employed by a real estate firm in a job he describes as "unemployment on the executive level." A comfortable apartment, a beautiful working wife (Anouk Aimee) and a faithful friend (Jean-Louis Trintignant) cannot change his status as one of the lesser people at Rome's better parties. Other men drive up in Maseratis and Jaguars; Giulio (Vittorio Gassman) arrives in a Fiat so humble that he won't admit it is his, even after hearing that it has been dented in a collision outside. Other men...

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