Mastroianni daringly subverts his suave, Euro-lover image in this caustic, black-comic critique of church, state, and masculinity. He stars as a handsome, seemingly irresistible ladiesā€™ man, who, behind his carefully cultivated playboy image, is concealing a secret shame: he is, in fact, impotent. When word of his condition gets out, it sends everyone around himā€”including his parents, in-laws, priest, and new wife (Claudia Cardinale)ā€”into an existential panic. Scripted by arch iconoclast Pier Paolo Pasolini, Il bellā€™Antonio plays on the knifeā€™s edge of satire and florid melodramaā€”all leading to a profoundly ironic ending worthy of Sirk. 35mm print from Istituto Luce CinecittĆ .