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Strange Deception (1951)
"Il Cristo proibito" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery | War  -  3 May 1953 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Bruno Baldi
Rina Morelli ...
Mother Baldi
Alain Cuny ...
Antonio
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
Maria
Elena Varzi ...
Nella
Gino Cervi ...
The Sexton
Ernesta Rosmino ...
Assunta
Philippe Lemaire ...
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!

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

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Expiation.
1 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This fascinating and almost wholly unknown classic was was directed by the Italian writer Curzio Malaparte, his only film. Also called "Strange Deception", it is an allegory about justice, guilt, and expiation. It narrates the story of a soldier (stunningly played by Raf Vallone) returning to his Italian village after World War II determined to kill the man who had betrayed and caused the death of his brother during the Nazi occupation. Weary of bloodshed and reprisals, the villagers won't reveal the man's identity. A friend (played by Alain Cuny) is the forbidden Christ", who seeks to expiate the guilt himself. This intense, visually compelling movie has to be one of the cinema's most tender elegies for the innocent. The movie and its background score (composed as well by Malaparte) have many privileged moments of sublime and haunting beauty.


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