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Lipstick (1960)

Il rossetto (original title)
| Crime, Drama | 1965 (USA)


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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Brice ...
Gino Luciani
Lorella Severano
Commissario Fioresi
Nora, madre di Silvana
Laura Vivaldi ...
Silvana De Carli
Ivano Staccioli ...
Dott. Mauri
Nino Marchetti ...
Agente di polizia
Renato Mambor ...
Vincenzo, il garzone
Lia Angeleri ...
Una prostituta
Florella Fiorentino
Stefania Ré ...
(as Stefania Re)
Edy Nogara
Armando Guarnieri ...
(as Armando Guarneri)
Bruna Cealti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erna Schurer ...
Cinzia Severano


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Older Men Driven Into the Arms of Teenage Temptresses!


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Italian censorship visa # 31450 delivered on 17-3-1960. See more »


Referenced in L'uomo dal sigaro in bocca (1997) See more »

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A prostitute is murdered and a 14-year old girl may have seen who did it
18 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have nothing but good things to say about this movie. Mainly a psychological film noir, at the same time it's a neo-realist film in setting and the way it approaches character.

The plot is straightforward. A prostitute is murdered. A 14-year old girl (Laura Vivaldi) has a crush on a handsome young man (Pierre Brice) about to be married who lives near the hooker. Brice tells the police he didn't know the victim, but Vivaldi, who has managed to weasel her way into an acquaintance with him, tells him that she saw him leave her apartment. This leads to a cat and mouse game in which Brice tries to prevent Vivaldi from telling the police while the volatile and immature Vivaldi interferes with Brice's life and demands his attention. Meanwhile the police, headed by Pietro Germi, are on the case. Their pressures are applied to everyone, including Brice and Vivaldi, with fascinating results. This involves a second cat and mouse game between Germi and Brice.

The script built around the story is first-rate at depicting the people in and around the basic plot. We get to know Vivaldi's girl friends and her mother (Bella Darvi), Brice's fiancée (Giorgia Moll), Brice's status in society, the shaky relationship between Brice and Moll, and the intricate psychology of Vivaldi as a young girl maturing. One scene involves the hookers who knew the dead woman.

The story is told suspensefully. The murder itself is not shown. There is a good deal of ambiguity concerning who is the murderer. Both Brice and Vivaldi tell lies at one point or another and both have suspect motivations, and this supports the ambiguity and suspense. The police are by no means error-free. They at first arrest the wrong man. Later the fact that Vivaldi has used lipstick throws them off the trail.

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