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The Ship of Condemned Women (1953)

La nave delle donne maledette (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerima ...
Ettore Manni ...
Da Silva
Tania Weber ...
Gualtiero Tumiati ...
Pietro Silveris
Olga Solbelli ...
Luigi Tosi ...
Fernandez, the Ship's Captain
Ignazio Balsamo
Anna Arena
Giorgio Capecchi ...
Police Captain
Attilio Dottesio
Marcella Rovena ...
Romolo Costa ...
Manuel de Haviland
Fedele Gentile
Elvi Lissiak ...


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Release Date:

November 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ship of Lost Women  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written by P.G. Redi
Sung by Flo Sandon's
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Melodrama-exploitation in the high seas
11 May 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"La Nave delle Donne Maledette" (the ship of the damned women) is one of the strangest films that I've ever seen. The only point of comparison that I can find are the wonderful Mexican melodramas of the 50s – films like "Aventurera" and "Victimas del Pecado".

"La nave delle donne maledette" mixes melodrama, WIP, exploitation, sea adventure, love, rage, violence, tears and death. Some scenes look like a wild party - the ship and its human cargo(female prisoners, sailors, captain and several different characters) could very well be a circus tent with clowns and acrobats.

The story takes place in 18th century. In a noble but nearly-ruined family, a girl (Isabella) gets rid of her new-born baby. This is made in secrecy, but the facts become known and the police want to arrest the woman responsible for the crime. The family is anxious to avoid a scandal that would soon be followed by financial ruin. So they manage to convince Consuelo, a poor relation, to take on her shoulders the responsibility for the baby's death. In the judgment she is condemned to 10 years of forced labor in a colony. The sentence is harsh and Consuelo is embarked with other "damned" women, in a ship destined for a distant colony. What now? Consuelo is innocent. She will probably never return – hard work, unhealthy sanitary conditions, poor nutrition, and in the end a shallow grave - there seems to be no hope for Consuelo. Her rich family (in spite of their promises) seems to have forgotten her. Something must happen, but what will happen? I won't tell. Anyway, the voyage is long and things could change in between.

This is a strange film, it's intense and over-the-top, in short, it's like a tornado, and it will leave you staring in disbelief. I would like to see this film in a restored, remastered copy. I don't understand why "La nave delle donne maledette" wasn't given the DVD treatment in Italy. It really deserves it!

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