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Desire (1943)

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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5 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Released in the United States in the early 50's under the title of WOMAN, this obscure early Rossellini film was made at the end of the war and completed by Marcello Pagliero. It is a sensational little tragedy about a prostitute who returns from the city to her home town where she is variously loved, spurned, and lusted over. The grim, fatalistic atmosphere bears a good deal of resemblance to the much better known contemporary masterpiece OSSESSIONE, by Luchino Visconti. In fact Massimo Girotti appears in both films. Elli Parvo is quite riveting in the main role.


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