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Amedeo Nazzari and Silvana Mangano star in this moody melodrama of murder and revenge set in Calabria. A man falsely accused of murder is tried, found guilty, and imprisoned. He escapes and lives the life of an outlaw brigand. With the help of a village girl, he hunts down all of the witnesses who lied about him at the trial, and the film moves toward a final confrontation between him and the true villain, not unlike the finale of many an American western. Mario Camerini, a veteran director skilled in many genres over a long career which began in the silent era provides us with an intensely gritty canvas.
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Sorry for my English but this is something i need to write. It seems to be incredible but this movie it's nowhere to be found, i know there's a flammable copy in positive at the national archive but other than that, this movie is truly impossible to be found even on tape. The last time i was able to see this movie on TV was a lot of time ago, something like 10 years ago or even more. There's something about this movie i really like, it's the old way movies like this were made. This is a story about drama, murders and revenge, it's also a story about love, tragic but love's always tragic to be true the whole story take place over the mountains in Calabria, this area is named "Sila". The movie tell a portion o life of Giuseppe Musolino who makes coke from woods to live and loves Mara, he gets in jail for a murder he never committed and after two years he evades and returns to take revenge over those who made him in jail telling lies to the police. He gets his revenge and when he decides to leave the country with his love Mara (Silvana Mangano) she gets killed by one of the mobster, he will avenge her before going to the police spontaneously. Good cast and crew and Amedeo Nazzari (the lead role of Giuseppe Musolino) makes a believable performance. Among many things to say that's possible to note there are many important figures behind the crafting of this movie, just take a look at the screenwriters and look also at the second unit director, the guy is a certain Sergio Leone, one of my favorites. I often visit many of the locations used for this movie cos i have relatives there and also even if it seems impossible there are lot of people that knows about this movie, many people of those areas were the uncredited cast for lots of scenes in the movie. It's also interesting to note how much things are really different from that time, each place where the shooting took place it's really different today, some old details remain anyway. It's truly a bad thing this movie seems to be lost, i love many kinds of movies and this is one of those, old B/W with a good story, it's a sad story btw but it doesn't matter. A real shame this film is unavailable.
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