Tamara, a Roman prostitute, tries to kill herself throwing herself out of the window of the licensed brothel she works in. While she is being taken to hospital the other girls learn that, ... See full summary »
Since her husband pronounced her frigid on her wedding night, Antonia DeAngelis has been an invalid. When he disappears, she believes him dead: she leaves her bed and takes over his ... See full summary »
Lizzani reportedly said that the initial screenplay was based on the rape and murder of a little girl.The new re-written screenplay is not really satisfying :for instance the final speech for the defense is so unconvincing that the writers felt compelled to have the true criminals found and arrested at the same time.
On the plus side,there's a depiction of the wrong side of the town ,in the grand tradition of Neorealism ,and a sensational Giuletta Masina who steals every scene she is in ;there's an interesting character:the old man who plays " the saw" and whom the lawyer humiliates in public (and involuntary causes his death); a lawyer ,who ,unlike the ones you see in today's movies is not always irreproachable,even though he ultimately redeems himself.
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