Scent of a Woman (1974 film)

Scent of a Woman
Directed by Dino Risi
Produced by Pio Angeletti
Adriano De Micheli
Written by Rugger Maccari
Dino Risi
Starring Vittorio Gassman
Alessandro Momo
Agostina Belli
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Claudio Cirillo
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (USA)
Release dates
  • 20 December 1974 (1974-12-20)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Scent of a Woman (Italian: Profumo di donna) is a 1974 Commedia all'italiana film directed by Dino Risi, based on Il buio e il miele, a story by Giovanni Arpino. Both Risi and the leading actor Vittorio Gassman won important Italian and French awards. There is also an American remake, Scent of a Woman.


A blind Italian captain, accompanied by his aide Ciccio, who has been assigned to him by the army, is on his way from Turin to Naples to meet with an old comrade who was also disfigured in the same military incident. Unknown to his aide, the Captain means to fulfill a suicide pact there. While they journey, the Captain asks Ciccio to help him spot beautiful women. Unsatisfied with the boy's descriptions, he uses his nose instead, claiming that he can smell a beautiful woman. During their journey, he carries with him a picture of his beloved Sara, whom he could not bear to have see him disfigured and helpless. The suicide pact is eventually thwarted once Sara enters the picture, and the boy Ciccio does some much-needed growing up.



See also


  1. "The 48th Academy Awards (1976) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Profumo di donna". Retrieved 2009-05-04.
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