Ettore Scola – Passione d amore aka Passion Of Love (1981)
Ettore Scola’s dark, romantic tale of a woman so stubborn and passionate that nothing can dissuade her from pursuing the object of her affections.
When Captain Bachetti arrives at his new post in Northern Italy, he already resents the reassignment, which has separated him from his mistress, the exquisite Clara. And the situation becomes even more disturbing when this man with a taste for beautiful women finds himself subjected to the persistent attentions of the spectacularly ugly Fosca; everything about this brash, loud, impolite and unattractive creature fills him with horror.
But the Captain has never before encountered the transformative power of love.
Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical, “Passion,” was based on this film, and was the recipient of the Tony for Best Musical.
Screened at the 1991 New York Film Festival.