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Europe '51 (1952)

Europa '51 (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 3 November 1954 (USA)
Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need ... See full summary »

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Irene Girard
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George Girard
Ettore Giannini ...
Andrea Casatti
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Giulietta, detta Passerotto
Teresa Pellati ...
Ines
Marcella Rovena ...
Mrs. Puglisi
Tina Perna ...
Cesira
Sandro Franchina ...
Michele Girard
Maria Zanoli ...
Mrs. Galli
Silvana Veronese
William Tubbs ...
Professor Alessandrini
Alberto Plebani ...
Mr. Puglisi
Eleonora Barracco
Gianna Segale ...
Nurse (as Gianna Damiani)
Alfonso Di Stefano
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need who cross her path. One day she offers shelter to a man who is evading justice, and she ends being arrested herself. Her husband, for the sake of social propriety, arranges for a doctor to declare her insane. Irene escapes one prison to enter another, and to reflect on what sort of society she lives in. Written by Artemis-9

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Andrea Casatti: You mustn't shut yourself up alone with your sorrow.
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15 March 2007 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

It's a bit melodramatic, but up until Irene's final conversation with Cassatti the Commie, *Europa '51* is a very interesting film, first about a pampered rich woman's reaction to her son's death, then about the difference between windy Marxist propaganda and real compassion.

However, at that point, Rossellini's original idea takes over: He wanted to make a film about what would happen if a truly saintly person ever showed up in the modern world. And he had a very good idea of what would happen--or at least a very insistent one. The people here obviously behave the way they do solely to make the point Rossellini wants to make, even when their behavior doesn't seem very plausible. In defter hands, such manipulation can work. Here, though, you can see the tracks Rossellini has rather clumsily laid down to move the story where he wants it to go.


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