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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
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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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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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Drama | Mystery | War

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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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An overwrought, over-intellectuallised, strikingly photographed and acted guilt-fest.
19 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Raf Vallone manages to sustain quite a lot of credibility as an embittered WW2 veteran, who returns to his poor village, bent on avenging his brother's betrayal to the Nazis. But this stark, self-consciously directed, emotionally turbulent parable is so redolent with tortured, pretentious symbolism, and overbearing messages of guilt that it's difficult to enjoy the striking b/w photography and Tuscan locations.


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