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Napoli, gli inizi del secolo. Assunta Spina è una bella stiratrice ed ha per amante Michele, ma Raffaele continua a girarle attorno. Un giorno, durante il pranzo di onomastico a Marechiaro, la donna invita Raffaele a ballare : per Michele è troppo, prende il coltello e la sfregia. Viene arrestato e condannato a due anni, da scontare nel carcere di Avellino. In tribunale, la donna viene avvicinata da Federigo Funelli, un cancelliere che si offre di aiutarla per far restare Michele a Napoli. La donna accetta l'aiuto dell'uomo e ne diviene l'amante, fino ad innamorarsene. La sera dell'antivigilia di Natale Assunta aspetta Federigo a casa, ma arriva Michele, scarcerato in anticipo. La donna confessa tutto, e l'uomo, pazzo di gelosia, affronta il rivale e lo uccide con un coltello, dileguandosi. Quando arrivano gli agenti, Assunta dichiara di esser stata lei ad uccidere Federigo e viene portata in prigione. Written by
In 1915 Naples, the fateful love of Assunta for Michele, an impulsive and jealous butcher.
Assunta Spina is typical of the early Italian melodrama genre. It shows ordinary people in their daily life overcome by a fate they can't control. The natural way of acting and the fact that many scenes are filmed outside in natural settings gives it great authenticity.
At the opposite of historical epics such as Cabiria, which intended to make people dream of being transported to other places or times, it is a film which made it possible for spectators to identify themselves with the characters and empathize with them. It is also a remarkable document on life in Naples before WWI.
Photography is often beautiful with special attention given to lighting. The final scene is particularly original in this respect. The depth of field is striking and some scenes combine views inside and outside through a window with all elements in focus and perfectly lit.
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