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A Husband for Anna (1953)
"Un marito per Anna Zaccheo" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  1955 (USA)
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Anna Zaccheo is a beautiful young woman from a working class Neapolitan family. Her main concern is to find herself a suitable husband. She meets a young sailor Andrea one day and gets ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvana Pampanini ...
Anna Zaccheo
Amedeo Nazzari ...
Il dottor Illuminato
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Andrea Grazzi
Umberto Spadaro ...
Don Antonio Percucoco
Monica Clay ...
La signora Illuminato
Anna Galasso ...
La signora Zaccheo
Dora Scarpetta ...
Caterina
Agostino Salvietti ...
L'antiquario
Edoardo Inperatrice ...
Peppinello Zaccheo - fratello di Anna (as Edoardo Imperatrice)
Franco Bologna ...
Pasquale Zaccheo, fratello di Anna
Giovanni Berardi ...
Il signor Zaccheo
Enrico Glori ...
Il proprietario del cinema
Enzo Maggio ...
Il fotografo
Nello Ascoli
Nello Di Claudio
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Anna Zaccheo is a beautiful young woman from a working class Neapolitan family. Her main concern is to find herself a suitable husband. She meets a young sailor Andrea one day and gets engaged to him. But while she is waiting for Andrea to return from the navy she gets raped by her boss. Her life suddenly takes a downward spiral. Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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E cummarelle
Music by Alfredo Giannini
Lyrics by Arturo Gigliati
Sung by Alberto Amato
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Kitchen sink soap, Italian style
14 June 2014 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

A HUSBAND FOR ANNA stars anatomical wonder Silvana Pampanini (a former "Miss Italy") as a young girl whose hopes and dreams clash with harsh reality when she meets a sailor (Massimo Girotti) on leave and promises to marry him when he returns. In order to buy their marriage bed, Silvana takes a job as a stocking model, gets raped by her married employer (Amadeo Nazzari), becomes a pariah in her small town, and when the gob comes back, he can't forgive the rape. Tears abound and the ladies must have loved the bittersweet ending right out of GONE WITH THE WIND wherein the heroine, gazing teary-eyed (and heavenward) out a window, says something to the effect, "After all, tomorrow is another day for us girls". Good grief.

A couple of things I noticed: one of Anna's jobs had her and a bunch of other girls in skimpy outfits shoot arrows at targets while a swarm of men behind a net bet on them. It was like OTB with women instead of horses. Also, any time someone asks her name, Silvana says, "Zaccheo Anna". Is that how it's done in Italy?

Anyway, I can't say I recommend this silliness (it goes beyond "woman's picture" into a patronizing sort of feminism where men "are what they are") unless you're crazy about La Pampanini like I am.


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