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Desire (1946)

Desiderio (original title)
Paola, a Milan call girl, returns home to her village in an attempt to go straight. Rejected by her father, blackmailed by a former lover, and lusted after by her brother-in-law, she turns to her beloved sister for support.

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Nando Mancini
Carlo Ninchi ...
Giovanni Mirelli
Elli Parvo ...
Paola Previtali (as Elly Parvo)
Roswita Schmidt ...
Anna Previtali Mancini
Lia Corelli ...
Elena
Francesco Grandjacquet ...
Riccardo (as Francesco Grandjachet)
Jucci Kellerman ...
Lia
Spartaco Conversi
Giovanna Scotto ...
Elvira Previtali - mamma di Paola ed Anna
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Paola, a Milan call girl, returns home to her village in an attempt to go straight. Rejected by her father, blackmailed by a former lover, and lusted after by her brother-in-law, she turns to her beloved sister for support.

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Roberto Rossellini started the film in July 1943 as "Scalo merci" with Oretta Fiume in the leading role. The production was halted several times because of the war (during which time Oretta Fiume was replaced by Elli Parvo) only to be shelved in early 1944. In the spring of 1944, Marcello Pagliero took over the project. He modified the screenplay and changed the settings altogether (railway men became woodcutters). The final product, presented to the public in May 1946, includes some of the scenes shot by Rossellini See more »

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Two sisters
6 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Everybody knows that Rossellini was to become one of the greatest Italian directors of all time but his collaborator Marcello Pagliero -who was responsible for the major part of "Desiderio" -had a much less glorious career .After co-writing the screenplay of " Roma Citta Apertà" (and also playing a role in it) he continued in career in France where he released several interesting movies including his best "Un Homme Marche Dans La Ville",but none of his works enjoyed critical or commercial acclaim.

"Desiderio" is melodrama ,only melodrama,nothing but melodrama .Two sisters,one has left the quiet country for the broader horizons of the evil town where she has become a semi-whore ;the other has stayed in his peaceful village and has just married a handsome man (Massimo Girotti,the star of Visconti's "ossessione" ).The young prostitute falls for an honest man,but she is too ashamed to confess she's a woman of easy virtue and she returns to her native home.

Bad idea:all the males around (including the new brother-in-law) desire her and we learn that even before she went to town,men looked at her and wanted to sleep with her.She was pursued by fate ,so to speak.The black sheep of the village ,even disowned by her own father. Not really a bad girl,a victim more like.

The shooting began in the fascist years (1943) and was completed after the war.


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