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After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose's demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her husband to a life of crime, and they blame her for his death. Widower Frank Valente is attracted to Rose, and must convince her that real love exists. He must also deal with his own daughter, who has her own reasons for opposing his marriage to Rose. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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19 February 1959 (Italy)  »

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One of the first films director Martin Ritt made once he was released from the blacklist. See more »

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Frank Valente: Working at night? Even God doesn't work at night.
Rose Bianco: To make a living people do many things God doesn't do.
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A well told story of love, adversity and second chances.
5 January 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Sophia Loren won the Venice Film Festival best actress award for her portrayal of Rose Bianco (White Rose) in The Black Orchid. The remainder of the cast are equally impressive (with a special nod to Anthony Quinn) in this engrossing drama. Pop some corn, turn the phone off and enjoy.


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