Birds, the Bees and the Italians, The (1966): Pietro Germi’s Cannes Fest Winner, Anthology Film of Sexual Vignettes

The Birds, the Bees and the Italians, directed by the great Italian director, ietro Germi, shared the top award at the 1966 Cannes Film Fest in a tie with Lelouche’s A Man and a Woman.

The film’s original tile is better, Signore & Signori (literally meaning Ladies and Gentlemen).

This anthology film presents three stories, all revolving around sexual adventures and failures, set in the small and provincial Italian town, Treviso.

In the first vignette, a husband pretends to be impotent as a cover for having an affair.

In the second, a bank clerk abandons his wife for his mistress, but the town’s husbands become jealous and unite to conspire against them.

In the third, the town’s men try to seduce a promiscuous teenager–until her father reveals that she is underage.

The film will be shown as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Fest.