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Europe '51 (1952)
"Europa '51" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 November 1954 (USA)
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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 always live 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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Deeply moving
19 June 2012 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The second of Ingrid Bergman's collaborations with Ingrid Bergman. Bergman plays a bourgeois woman whose son passes away. She blames herself, and starts looking for a way to rectify her guilt. She finds the answer in her newfound social conscience. Her life of luxury now seems horrid to her when there are so many suffering, and she dedicates her life to others. Meanwhile, her husband (Alexander Knox) doesn't understand it, and, after a particularly long absence when Bergman stays away to nurse a dying prostitute, he and the rest of her family decide to intervene. This is a powerful film about true charity, and it questions the motives of the bourgeois version of charity. This could very well be Ingrid Bergman's best performance. I thought it did underline its themes a bit too explicitly in its final act, and the very final scene went about three steps too far, as I see it. Giulietta Masina co-stars as a poor woman with six children whom Bergman befriends. I might be wrong, but it didn't sound like it was her voice (at least the voice we know from Fellini's films) dubbing this character.


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