John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were... See full summary »
Francesca and Walter are two-bit criminals in Northern Italy, and, in an effort to avoid the police, Francesca joins a group of women rice workers. She meets the voluptuous peasant rice ... See full summary »
The battle of the sexes as drawing room social satire. Philippe, a middle-aged newspaper editor, has lived for six years with Paulette, a successful stage actress. He tells her friend ... See full summary »
Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous ... See full summary »
A mule cart crosses the countryside. Two bandits push the driver off and, when he resists, kill him. The bandits steal the mules... The town of Capodarso, Sicily. The Baron doesn't want ... See full summary »
E' domenica a Roma e chi può va a Ostia, al mare. Un gruppo di ragazzi in bicicletta; una famiglia numerosa e rumorosa con una vecchia auto; un vedovo che porta la figlia in colonia poichè ... See full summary »
"Catene" is the European melodrama ,very different from the American one ;in the Italian (or French) works,the woman does not make up for her love grief with business success:she knows her place and all she has in mind is to win her husband's love again and save her family ;one should point out that ,in "Catene" the children do not overplay,as it is often the case in the genre ,but shows sensitiveness and true pain (you can read the whole tragedy in the little boy's dark eyes).It has also a reactionary side (but it is the name of the game in melodrama): a woman shall not cheat on her husband (and the the other way about?),principally if he is a shady person with a mysterious (and dishonest) past .
Although the ending is predictable ,the two leads' conviction stretches the meaning of their words.
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