An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII.

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Antonio
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Mascia (as Ljudmila Saveljeva)
Galina Andreeva ...
Valentina, Soviet official
Anna Carena ...
Madre Antonio
Nadya Serednichenko ...
Contadina russa (as Nadja Cerednicenko)
Germano Longo ...
Ettore
Glauco Onorato ...
Il reduce
Silvano Tranquilli ...
L'operaio italiano
Marisa Traversi ...
Donna stazione
Gunars Cilinskis ...
Funzionario russo (as Gunnar Zilinskij)
Giorgio Basso
Gianni Bortolotti
Umberto Di Grazia
Giuliano Girardi
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At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This movie is considered to be the first occidental (i.e. western) film to be shot in Poltava, Ukraine. See more »

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Mascia tells Giovanna that when she found Antonio, he was hurt so badly that he had forgotten everything, including his own name. If that's true, then how did Mascia know his name was Antonio? See more »

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Those Italians
24 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An Italian woman (Sophia Loren) conducts a desperate search for her husband (Marcello Mastroianni), a soldier considered missing in action in Russia -- like fifty thousand others during WWII.

Sophia Loren had to be one of the first international stars, not counting the Europeans who fled to America before and during World War II. She was a Hollywood sensation, and also with director Vittorio De Sica, co-star Marcello Mastroianni and producer-husband Carlo Ponti (who was old enough to be her father, not to mention married to another woman).

This was apparently the first (or one of the first) films of the western world to be shot in Russia, at least since it became the USSR. That makes it rather interesting, and I wonder what the Italian-Russian relationship was in the 1960s and 1970s. I view the so-called Cold War through American eyes, and I am not sure how Europe felt about it.


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