In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of ...
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Based on an actual incident, this is the story of five girls (told in a slow beginning) who are among the 200 women who answer a want ad for a modest secretarial position one rainy morning ... See full summary »
Giuseppe De Santis
Carla Del Poggio,
Maria Grazia Francia
Mario is in Hannover to work as a miner but after loosing his job he decides to go back to Italy. When Totonno steals his passport to avoid the police and later on he offers him a new job ... See full summary »
Vittorio Borghi, a middle-aged journalist torn between young mistress and wife he no longer loves, returns to his hometown Mantua. There he remembers childhood in the era of fascism, war and ghost of another woman he never forgot.
Enrico Maria Salerno,
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »
Two middle-aged men work as caretakers on an isolated dam construction site high in the snow-capped Italian Alps. When one of them leaves for the valley to spend Christmas vacation with his... See full summary »
In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of power of a very fanatical local fascist leader, who gets the hold with a massacre of Pacific opposers, among them, the father of the young desertor. Oppresive fog covers both dramas, as a reminder of how values such as courage, love and truth are fading. Written by
Francisco Báez <email@example.com>
One of the most underrated movies in Cinema history
One of the best film of Italian movie history since its foundation and therefore one of the best movies ever made. Astonishig debut by movie director Florestano Vancini, who was unfortunately never able to go even near this gifted artwork for the rest of his career. Working on a powerful story by Italian novelist Giorgio Bassani (The Garden of The Finzi-Continis, The Golden Glasses). For the impressive effort of the cast, all of them taking their respective role characters to epic proportion (while being extremely real and human), and for the black and white photography of night and day war-time Ferrara which reminds sometimes the Vienna of the Third Man by Carol Reed, it is much superior to Rossellini's Open City and General Della Rovere. It is certainly not strange but still remarkable that the terrible WWII Italian experience has inspired such cogent insight of the human condition. For its immediate impact the movie can be compared to "Two Women", for its complexity it is certainly superior. To be listed among the hall of world's masterpieces.
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