Four Fables of Love is better known by its original Italian title: Bambole! A quartet of skilled Italian directors offer four home-grown romantic playlets, based on Boccacio's Tales of the Decameron. Dino Risi's "The Telephone Call" is a showcase for Virna Lisi as an errant bride. Luigi Comenici's "Treatise on Eugenics," a satire on the philosophy of breeding geniuses, stars Elke Sommer. Franco Rosi's "The Soup" top-bills Monica Vitti in a tale of sex and gastronomics. And Mauro Bolognini's "Monsieur Cupid" finds Akim Tamiroff playing matchmaker for Gina Lollobrigida. The English translation of Bambole! is Dolls!, an apt description of the four lovely leading ladies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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