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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Credited cast:
Bruno Baldi
Rina Morelli ...
Mother Baldi
Alain Cuny ...
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
Elena Varzi ...
The Sexton
Ernesta Rosmino ...
Philippe Lemaire ...
Luigi Tosi ...
Gualtiero Tumiati ...
Bruno's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lianella Carell
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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Definitely a mature film only for mature audiences
6 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That's the best way to describe this post war drama of a man, Bruno, who looks for vengeance for his brother's death at the hands of the Germans. He searches for the man who betrayed his brother.

His homecoming is riddled with the emotions one would expect, especially from those who have seen enough misery. Although most people seem to know the identity of the culprit, no one, not even Bruno's own family.

And that's why the stark reality of these emotions are only for mature audiences. This is not for the sheltered naive kid who lives in a cubicle and thinks spaghetti Westerns make sense. This is for people who have "been around the block", mature people who don't think it's normal to kill three men each morning before breakfast.

And for those who think that makes it slow paced, it will be slow paced. However, for mature viewers it moves along at a very good pace. There is conflict, suspense and drama throughout that make it seem actually shorter than many modern movies that are allegedly action packed, but actually bore us to death.

Enriching film, both in entertainment value, in learning about people, and in spirituality.

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