7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
classic italian neo-realistic film.
sasheegm (firstname.lastname@example.org) from palm bay, florida, u.s.a.
5 April 2001
i have seen both italien and english versions of this motion picture, and
both are very good. however as good as the dubbing may be in this film, the
original language version with subtitles is far better. based on a true
story, that happened in rome after world war 2, director desantis gets
bit of emotion and pathos out of his performers. lucia bose, raf vallone,
massimo girotti, and lea padovani lead an all star italien cast in a drama
about an add in the paper for a typist. one job and about 100 women show up
for it. while waiting on the staircase to be interviewed, the staircase
collapses with many of the women buried beneath the rubble. it is from this
point on that we follow the stories of a select few and the despair and
tribulations that they had. the acting is superb, the musical score perfect
for this type of film. in my opinion. it is guiseppe desantis best film. at
this time it is not available on vhs or dvd in the usa. hopefully in the
near future it will be, so that many of the film enthusiasts like myself
view it and enjoy it as much as i have. truly a lost title and a gem.
respectfully submitted joe rinando.
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