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Secret People (1952)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 August 1952 (USA)
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This tale of intrigue finds Valentina Cortese involved in an assassination plot. She helps the police apprehend the conspirators after an innocent bystander is accidentally killed.

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Maria Brentano / Brent / Lena Collins
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Louis Balan
Charles Goldner ...
Anselmo
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Nora Brentano
Angela Fouldes ...
Nora Brentano as a child
Megs Jenkins ...
Penny
Irene Worth ...
Miss Jackson
Reginald Tate ...
Inspector Eliot
Norman Williams ...
Police Sgt. Newcombe
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Athene Seyler ...
Mrs. Reginald Kellick
Sydney Tafler ...
Syd Burnett
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Steenie
John Ruddock ...
Daly
Michael Allan ...
Rodd
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In 1930, Maria Brentano and her younger sister Nora flee to London after their father is murdered by a European dictator. Seven years later, during a weekend trip to Paris, Maria unexpectedly meets Louis, her former lover who is now plotting the assassination of the dictator. Maria and Nora become involved in the plan, which goes tragically wrong when the time bomb they plant kills an innocent bystander. Written by alfiehitchie

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ealing | starvation

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LOOK OUT FOR THIS MAN! HE LIVES! AND LOVES! AND MURDERS!

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Crime | Drama

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The film begins in 1930 with a key character reading a letter. The letter contains a line: "a poet has written, 'We must love one another or die.' This line is from a poem by W.H. Auden entitled "September 1, 1939." See more »

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Opening credits: "Hidden in each one of us is a secret person, often unknown even to ourselves. The force of circumstances can drive us to a point at which this inner character takes charge and alters the course of our lives." See more »

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Valse brillante As-dur Op.34-1
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An intelligent study of anarchist beliefs
23 April 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

There were such hopes invested in this film, Lindsay Anderson wrote a book about its production, but it has never really recovered from its commercial and seemingly artistic failure. In truth, for a film that aspires to be an intelligent study of anarchists beliefs, it suffers from a timidity that some may find all too typical of the British films of its period, and from punches pulled in a manner that rather typifies the work of that almost brilliant director, Thorold Dickinson. But it is an intelligent study for all that, gripping and persuasive until one too many plot convolutions spoils it. I have never failed to be moved when seeing it, nor to be frustrated that it wasn't just a little bit better. The story revolves around European refugees in London who get caught up in the activities of anarchists. Valentina Cortese gives a haunting performance as the conscience-stricken refugee caught up in an assassination plot, and a young Audrey Hepburn is her ballet-dancing innocent sister whose life she must save.


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