The railroad engineer Andrea Marcocci has been working with his partner and friend Gigi Liverani for thirty years and feels happy and proud with his work, drinking wine after hours with his... See full summary »
Luisa Della Noce,
A citizen of the Veneto in her sixties. Three stories of "love in the country": a pseudo Don Giovanni confesses his impotence to the doctor in confidence but he becomes betrayed by him - ... See full summary »
Agnese, a 15-year-old Sicilian girl is seduced and impregnated by Peppino, her sister Matilde's fiancé. Soon Vincenzo, Agnese's father, discovers everything. He wants to force Peppino to ... See full summary »
A singer and operetta dancer works in a small french town where the authorities want to expel her because of her scandalous conduct and performance. When a puritan judge closes the show, ... See full summary »
Serafino a young and innocent shepherd inherits a huge fortune. He immediately spends the entire sum in presents for his friends. For this reason he is believed mad, and his uncle decides ... See full summary »
Andrea Zaccardi has returned home from hunting. He and his wife Luisa are very close. Their young son Giulio develops a cough. The doctor recommends the seaside. Luisa leaves with Giulio ... See full summary »
Luisa Della Noce
"Il Testimone" (1946) is counted as a film noir by John Grant. Noir fans will find here a very worthwhile and thought-provoking psychological story with echoes of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". The movie features three main characters. Roldano Lupi is an accused robber-murderer who is sentenced to death on the testimony of an old man, Ernesto Almirante, who breaks his alibi by relying on his tried and true pocket watch. He later recants and Lupi goes free, whereupon he seeks out pretty Marina Berti, whom he has learned about from another convict who was executed, Dino Maronetto. The story then revolves around the love that blossoms between Lupi and Berti and how their paths cross with Almirante who is a clerk in the registry office that hands out marriage permits.
Lupi's desire for love and love itself awaken his conscience and conflict with it. Maybe even moreso do the purity and beauty of the innocent Berti. So does Almirante's passing away by natural causes and a feeling for the old man's life that Lupi encounters when he visits the deceased's quarters. Indeed, during their romance, Berti's appreciation for the beauty of the stars and of the simple dignity of life begin to work on Lupi's mind. It may be that "La Strada" (1954) can be seen as an extension of the theme being depicted here of the amelioration of rough feelings and the growth of sensitivity in a brutish man.
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