Monica Bellucci joins Robert De Niro in Manual of Love 3
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
Giovanni Veronesi continues his Italian anthology franchise with MANUAL OF LOVE 3, this time enlisting the help of Hollywood stars in Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci. In the third installment, Robert De Niro will play a divorced American professor now living in Rome. Monica Bellucci will play his love interest. Not much is known about the plot, but it’s believed that both roles will be spoken in English and Italian. The previous two films were huge hits in Italy, but producer Aurelio De Laurentiis has international ambitions for the third film. That leads me to ask the question; why not change the title and remove the “3”? Audiences unfamiliar with the trilogy are going to be turned off by that, mistakenly thinking this is a sequel instead of an anthology.
I like the merging of Italian and English cinema in one film. De Niro seems to have lost a step recently, but the guy is still one of the greatest actors of all time.