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Strange Deception (1951)

Il Cristo proibito (original title)
Back in his village, former war prisoner Bruno Baldi is dead set on avenging his brother who has been shot by a German firing squad after being given away by a villager. But nobody wants to... See full summary »

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Bruno Baldi
Rina Morelli ...
Mother Baldi
Alain Cuny ...
Antonio
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
Maria
Elena Varzi ...
Nella
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The Sexton
Ernesta Rosmino ...
Assunta
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Pinin
Luigi Tosi ...
Andrea
Gualtiero Tumiati ...
Bruno's Father
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Giulia Sabatini ...
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Back in his village, former war prisoner Bruno Baldi is dead set on avenging his brother who has been shot by a German firing squad after being given away by a villager. But nobody wants to give him the name of the culprit. At long last, Antonio, a joiner, reveals the informer but this comes at a cost. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Man of Vengeance...and Woman of Shame! See more »

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3 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Italian censorship visa #9499 dated 10 March 1951. See more »

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Drama
11 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Revenge, Loyality, Brotherhood and other themes get explored here. And all in the wake of the end of WWII. A fresh theme and subject when the movie was produced, you could ask, how it relevant today (or tomorrow for that matter)?

It's the aforementioned themes, that make this movie universally and timelessly (watchable). Not to mention the very good (b/w) cinematography of the movie. Acting wise though this goes a bit OTT. You might find yourself in a peculiar situation watching this and not knowing if the characters are overdoing it or not. But human emotions (and especially after a war ended and some still haven't find their own resolution) run wild here.

A few continuity mistakes aside, this is very well done and if you like emotional drama, this will make for an insightful watch.


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