Ernesto (film)

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Directed by Salvatore Samperi
Produced by Jose Frade
Michael Fengler
Written by Umberto Saba (original book)
Barbara Alberti
Amadeo Paganini
Starring Martin Halm
Virna Lisi
Music by Carmelo Bernaola
Cinematography Camillo Bazzoni
Release date
Running time
98 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Ernesto is a 1979 film directed by Salvatore Samperi and starring Martin Halm and Virna Lisi. The movie is loosely based on Umberto Saba’s novel with the same title.


Ernesto (Martin Halm), a 17-year-old Jew of the 1911-Italy, lives with his mother, under the tutorship of his uncle in Trieste. Ernesto works at some office, and there he meets a stableboy (Michele Placido) who infatuates him so both. so they end up in an intense sexual relationship. This ends as, by chance, Ernesto has a sexual intercourse with a prostitute. Ernesto renounces then, to take lessons of violin instead. There, he meets the 15-year-old Emilio, by whom Ernesto gets acquainted with his twin sister Rachel (Lara Wendel). Ernesto and Rachel are married.



The film was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival, where Michele Placido won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.[1]


  1. ^ "Berlinale 1978: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

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