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Massimo Girotti courts Carla Del Poggio whose brother is a criminal
"Gioventù perduta" (1948) or "Lost Youth" appears in neo-realist lists but also in film noir lists. Either way, it's a fine crime picture with a good story. For the record, I'd say it's more noir than neo-realist. Director Pietro Germi was clearly moving in the noir direction that he'd follow up in later pictures.
We learn early on that the middle-class Jacques Sernas is leading a gang of 4 in robberies and that he leaves no witnesses who see his face alive. He lives at home with mother, father, two little brothers and sister, Carla Del Poggio, none of whom suspect a thing. Massimo Girotti is a police detective who follows up on small clues that bring him together with Del Poggio; and he begins to suspect Sernas. The problem is that he and Del Poggio have fallen in love.
The war brought in its wake cynicism and pessimism. Sernas is not just a lost youth but also a bitter youth whose heart has been quite hardened. Sernas's part is well-written and he delivers the role's potential beautifully.
Yesterday, I watched Del Poggio in "Senza Pieta", today in "Gioventù perduta". These are two very different roles that she handles beautifully. She's a natural and unpretentious actress, strong in her parts. Girotti is another strong actor whose appearance I take as a sign of quality in a movie and fortunately he appears in many excellent films.
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