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One Night at Dinner

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At a dinner party, a liberal-thinking novelist observes his wife as she attempts to seduce his closest buddy.

Metti, una sera a cena (also known as “Love Circle” and “One Night at Dinner”) is a 1969 Italian drama film directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. It was entered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

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Plot

Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a wealthy bourgeois playwright who fantasizes about having an affair with Nina (Florinda Bolkan), his beautiful wife, and his closest friend, Max (Tony Musante), a bisexual actor. Unbeknownst to him, the two have been lovers for years, albeit Max is more in love with Michel. While Nina is preoccupied with Max, Michel begins an affair with a wealthy but lonely single lady (Annie Girardot). The four gather for dinner on a daily basis at Michel and Nina’s house, where they engage in boring, amoral discussions. As a distraction, Max recommends to Nina that they include Ric (Lino Capolicchio), Max’s anarchist/poet partner who lives in a dankly sumptuous basement and sells himself to both men and women, as a third player in their bedroom activities. After a while, Ric falls in love with Nina and finally tries suicide because of her. Nina finds Ric just in time to save him and chooses to abandon Michel to live with Ric. But their relationship quickly deteriorates, and Nina returns to her husband. Michel then chooses to welcome Ric into the circle, as they continue to meet over dinner and play their games of love and seduction.

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