Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son, Anania, to the natural father, who is well-off and already married. The years ...
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Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son, Anania, to the natural father, who is well-off and already married. The years pass. Rosalia ages in misery, Anania becomes an adult and is about to marry. He returns to the country in order to find his mother and invite her to the wedding, but his fiancée does not appreciate this. Rosalia is abandoned once again... Written by
Duse's only film - spare and taut as is her performance
The print I saw of this film in Italian states Duse was 60 when she made it but in truth she was 56. She resembles Peggy Wood's character of Mama in the televised I REMEMBER MAMA - that is, what we can see of her face - there are no close-ups and only a few medium shots. She registers only suffering in this very spare and taut film. See the summary for the story line. There seems to be resentment in the young man that his mother gave him up and indeed that she grew old in the interim. Motivations for his character seem muddled at best. She was the rival of Sarah Bernhardt - Sarah with her grand, dramatic and romantic gesturing and Duse with her spare, tight controlled use of body and modulated voice. She is very controlled here - her movements are slow and deliberate, her expressions natural, her use of her hands and arms very expressive. It is a brief shadow but it is all the record we have of one of the great actresses of all time.
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