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Il testimone (1946)

A man, standing trial for robbery with murder, faces the death penalty. The testimony of an old civil servant will be crucial.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roldano Lupi ...
Pietro Scotti
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Linda (as Maurin Melrose - Marina Berti)
Ernesto Almirante ...
Giuseppe Marchi, il testimone
Sandro Ruffini ...
L'avvocato difensore
Cesare Fantoni ...
Il padrone dell' osteria
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L'impiegato dell' anagrafe
Dino Maronetto ...
Andrea, il condanato (as Maronetto)
Marcella Melnati ...
La padrone di casa
Alfredo Salvatori
Petr Sharov ...
Il pubblico ministero (as Pietro Sharoff)
Pietro Fumelli ...
(as Carlo Fumelli)
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A man, standing trial for robbery with murder, faces the death penalty. The testimony of an old civil servant will be crucial.

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15 February 1946 (Italy)  »

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A Testemunha  »

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Roldano Lupi living with his crime
13 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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