New Movies: Torpid Last Fling

Since most men and women cannot know the hour of their death, they fritter away hours and hours of their lives. But suppose one is young and knows one's death is imminent? The idea that animated Director Vittorio De Sica in making A Place for Lovers was to find the one life imperative that possesses the force of death. That imperative is love — life at its most vibrant intensity.

If the film he made had not proved to be woefully inept, its theme might have made it grand, tragic and compellingly romantic. As...

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