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

 -  Drama | Mystery | War  -  3 May 1953 (USA)
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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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He who must die.
4 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

In the Italian cinema,"Il Cristo Prohibito" is just the opposite of Rossellini's Neo realism,although they have common features: the documentary look at the festivities or a continual questioning about human destiny and why God asks for sacrifice,the massacre of the innocents.

The last word of the movie is why ? ,a word which is repeated a lot of times.The characters of the movie are anything but realistic: all have a strong guilty feeling and all use a recherché vocabulary which contrasts with their personalities (they are humble villagers),with the exception of Antonio (played by Alain Cuny who made his debut in Marcel Carné's "Les Visiteurs Du Soir" and continued his career with extremely intellectual works such as Fellini's).

The movie looks like a parable,some kind of updated Middle Ages mystery,with a Christ whose blood is supposed to wash all the sins away,a Judas,two Mary Magdelene and a hero (played by Raf Vallone)who comes back from a Russian concentration camp to avenge his little brother who was shot because of an informer.It begins and ends with imposing landscapes where the figures look like ants .

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