Ettore Scola's We All Loved Each Other So Much is regularly cited in Italian film polls as one of the public's and critics' most admired films of the last fifty years-which, incidentally, is the same time period Scola's career has spanned. In co-writing We All Loved Each Other So Much with legendary scripters Age & Scarpelli, Scola conceived a panoramic romance which stretched over thirty years and told the story of three World War II resistance fighters (Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, and Stefano Satta Flores) whose friendship, love for the same woman (Stefania Sandrelli), political views, emotional crises, professional evolutions, and financial pursuits reflect on a deeply personal level some of the most profound social and political challenges faced by post-war Italy. Both superbly and visually complementing the historical sweep of his narrative, Scola pays homage to Italy's cinematic past by employing various filmic styles, reflecting his passion for the cultural influence of fellow directors, most particularly De Sica, Rossellini, and Fellini, who makes a cameo appearance in the film along with Marcello Mastroianni, who starred so memorably for Scola in A Special Day and La nuit de Varennes. A new restoration from Cinecitt`a Holding.
Ettore Scola was born in Italy in 1931, trained as a lawyer at the University of Rome, but soon turned to the film industry, first as a writer specializing in comedic material and then as a director of serious dramas with a social dimension. His film, A Special Day (1977), which starred Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. His most striking cinematic departure was La nuit de Varennes (1982), a beautifully filmed epic set during the French Revolution.