The Joy of Living
Film poster
Directed byRené Clément
Written byLeonardo Benvenuti
Pierre Bost
René Clément
Piero De Bernardi
Gualtiero Jacopetti
StarringAlain Delon
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Release date
  • May 1961 (1961-05)
Running time
132 minutes
Box office1,091,442 admissions (France)[1]

The Joy of Living (Italian: Che gioia vivere, French: Quelle joie de vivre) is a 1961 Italian-French comedy film directed by René Clément. It was entered into the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The story is set in Rome, in the year 1921. Ulysses (Alain Delon) enrolls in the Italian Fascist party because he cannot find any employment. The first task entrusted to him by the party leads Ulysses to the printer Fossati, where he's hired as an apprentice. This brings him into contact with a family of anarchists, who will turn him into a reluctant hero for love of the beautiful Franca (Barbara Lass). However, at a time when he must make a decisive choice, Ulysses obeys neither the anarchists nor the fascists, and risks his life for a different idea of freedom.



  1. ^ Box office information of film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Joy of Living". Retrieved 20 July 2014.