Silvana Mangano (a very lovely & sexy voiced actress) plays a young, poor Venetian woman, Giovanna Masetti. She is struggling with an difficult life as a shop assistant when one day a young... See full summary »
Robert Colomb, a famous TV newscaster, is married to Catherine, but is continually unfaithful. He is about to replace his current mistress, Mireille, with Jacqueline when he meets, and ... See full summary »
A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to ... See full summary »
Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of... See full summary »
Sei persone viaggiano in un vagone-letto da Marsiglia a Parigi. All'arrivo, un donna viene trovata morta nella sua cuccetta. La polizia si mette alla ricerca delle altre persone, ... See full summary »
Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. ... See full summary »
Women wait anxiously at a minehead in Capodarso, Sicily. Their men are underground. The mine is closing and the miners refuse to come up unless the owner relents. After three days, they ... See full summary »
Beppe Musolino is falsely accused of murder. He is tried and once found guilty is imprisoned. Unexpectedly he escape from prison and to survive he start living like an outlaw brigand. He ... See full summary »
Beautiful Recreation Of The Bygone World Of The Lupari
Uomini E Lupi is not as well known as De Santis' earlier,more political neo-realist work, and he disowned it after the editing was taken away from him, but it is a lovely depiction of the ongoing struggle of small Italian hill towns against marauding wolves. As the population of these wild animals in Italy had dwindled by the time the film was made in the late 1950s, wolves were brought in from Russia, and some of the village of Vischio, where most of the story takes place, was constructed in the studio. De Santis also uses such elements as color, music (by Mario Nascimbene) and melodrama for an overall romantic effect. In a way he has recreated the world of the wolfers, or "lupari," the way Robert Flaherty recreated some of the Eskimo life he was documenting in Nanook Of The North. The drama centers on the rivalry between a serious, stubborn, independent wolfer who doesn't want to work for a boss (played by Mexican star Pedro Armendariz) and a womanizing, more playful vagabond (played by French star Yves Montand) Montand flirts with both Armendariz's wife (played by the sexy Silvana Mangano) and the daughter of the town's bigwig. In a key scene early on, Armendariz has tried to prove himself by single-handedly fighting a growling, restlessly pacing wolf that has fallen into a forest trap he had made; when a pack of other wolves come to its rescue, Armendariz is killed. Montand will later prove himself after two captures that were somewhat tarnished: one in which he tried to pass off a dead dog as a wolf, another in which the kill was done by a whole group of countrymen, strikingly shown in dark cloaks sweeping through the snow on skis.The tradition is then shown where the victorious wolfer goes through the neighboring towns where the local sheperds have similarly been threatened by the wild animals, and solicits gifts from them. (As they reach each village, the call is heard, "E arrivato il luparo"- the wolfer is here.) Mangano and her little boy travel with Montand, and bring with them two captured wolf cubs they were lucky to have found, as their mother wolf follows along and stalks them. One of the towns they find completely deserted, as there has been an earthquake On the festive night of New Year's, Mangano decides to release the cubs. In the climax, when they are back in Vischio, wolves approach the village at night and attack the sheep, cattle, and horses that are penned in. A fight ensues through the winding streets, culminating in Montand's own one to one struggle, in a shed, with a wolf. This time he has truly proved himself. As winter ends and things turn green again, a decision has to be made where he will go- will he run off with the younger woman, or join Mangano and the boy, with whom despite initial distrust there has been bonding? The standout scenes in this fascinating film are the footage of the animals, which deserve comparison with the underrated Hollywood film, Sequoia. I think as well that Jack London would have liked this movie!
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