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Why was there no review up to now ?
discount1957 from Germany
24 February 2015
I wonder why there's no review of this film up to now, not only because
it's a very good movie. Beside of that, it features one of the biggest
female movie-stars of the 20th century, Gina Lollobrigida, in an early
leading role, in the prime of her beauty. To my taste, she appears here
much more impressive than in later and better-known roles. The
underlying story ('La Romana')was a big success in the USA in the year
1947, and millions of it were sold worldwide, was written by one of the
most famous 20th-century-Italian writers, Alberto Moravia. The film
itself is a late example of the equally famous Italian neorealistic
style, with a depressing finale, regarding its heroine.
The story is set in the Italian fascist era (1935), full of tension,
and very atmospheric. The streets, cars and people of the later
post-war-Rome (1954, when the film was made)are shown in gritty
black-and-white. In a sequence playing within a Cinema, film within
film, one sees marching fascist Italian troops on the screen, giving a
feeling as if you were a cinema-visitor yourself, and then the
propaganda is suddenly cut short by an action of anti-fascists. In
spite of a scene like this, the film centers on the individual aspects
of the protagonists, rather than on the underlying political aspects.
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