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...and the Wild Wild Women (1959)

Nella città l'inferno (original title)
A harsh study about the grim realities of life in a non-coed, totally female prison environment. Story concerns a young girl who comes to prison and experiences the entire prison subculture... See full summary »

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Cast

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Lina
Cristina Gaioni ...
Marietta Mugnari (as Cristina Gajoni)
Anita Durante ...
Assunta
Milly ...
Sister Giuseppina (as Milly Monti)
Marcella Rovena ...
Signora Luisa
Miranda Campa ...
Ida Maroni
Elda Bardelli
Virginia Benati ...
Vera
Manzilla Ercolani ...
First Amelia
Renata Frati ...
Second Amelia
Luigina Giustini ...
Giacomino
Lia Grani ...
Contessa
Mirella Gregori
Alba Maiolini ...
Sara (as Alba Majolini)
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A harsh study about the grim realities of life in a non-coed, totally female prison environment. Story concerns a young girl who comes to prison and experiences the entire prison subculture. The inmates she befriends vary from big tough dangerous dames to smaller submissive ladies who are totally lost in prison life. Written by Anonymous

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24 May 1961 (USA)  »

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Papaveri e papere
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Written by Mario Panzeri, Nino Rastelli and Vittorio Mascheroni
Performed by Anna Magnani
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Haunting Visit to Woman's Prison in 1950s Rome
29 May 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I first saw this cinematic gem in a German dub version at age 10. Years later I can appreciate the stellar performances by the 2 legendary Italian actresses Anna Magnani and Julieta Masina. The story begins with Masina's arrival in jail, innocently convicted. The young, shattered woman is immediately befriended by the experienced criminal Magnanni. Several intriguing characters are introduced and side-plots spun out. Masina eventually is exhaunorated, but returns "for a visit", with shocking results.

This film, like other Italian Post-War masterpieces ("La Strada", "The Biscycle Thief") focuses on the lingering poverty, a direct result of a "lost war", and the deep gaps between the haves and the have nots. The "little guy" in that place and time had very few laughs, as the better-off will exploit the desperate. A fascinating score and beautiful black & white cinematography make this one of the supreme foreign film classics. I highly recommend this film.*****


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