Film told in flashbacks of an older man's obsession for a woman who can belong to no-one but can frustrate everyone. The backdrop is SternbergÍs surreal and fantastic Carnaval in Spain. In ... See full summary »
Josef von Sternberg
Edward Everett Horton
El Chuncho's bandits rob arms from a train, intending to sell the weapons to Elias' revolutionaries. They are helped by one of the passengers, Bill Tate, and allow him to join them, unaware... See full summary »
Gian Maria Volonté,
Ippolita is a paralyzed young woman with serious mental problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her crisis of faith and the intervention of a well-meaning psychologist lead Ippolita... See full summary »
Nino, a regular working-class guy, finds that a hitman has been hired to kill him. He discovers that a wealthy woman has been kidnapped and that everyone who was involved in it is being ... See full summary »
Rosa Nicolosi is not the widow of Salvatore Colasberna, the man murdered in the beginning of the movie, but she is in fact the wife of Paolo Nicolosi, the only eyewitness of the murder. ... See full summary »
Lee J. Cobb
A fascinating psychological portrayal of guilt and shame.
I saw this film more than 25 years ago but I still think of it often. This is because it portrays the role of religion/the church as an external (outer) force which works with the internal drives of personality. It presents the humiliation and shame of the main character as something that will not be eradicated by removing her from a place that appears to be causing the shame, guilt and humiliation. These drives are often internal--the church didn't cause them. This movie portrays the church as a place that uses these negative constructs for its own purpose (and its evil!). With or without the church/religion, we are all fighting these demons anyway. Religion gives them a structure and way to deal with them. Psychotherapy works better!
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