After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.

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Jimmy Wren
Alexandra King ...
Deborah Wyatt
Carlo Giuffrè ...
Eduardo Mazzullo
Yann Babilée ...
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Liliana Tari ...
Maria Concetta
Peppe Barra ...
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Cristina Donadio ...
Amica di Anna
Rosaria della Femmina ...
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Principessa Consuelo Caracciolo
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Gen. Mark Clark
Gianni Abbate
Anna Maria Ackermann
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After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.

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A Very Strange, Bizarre and Violent Movie in an Occupied Italy
22 January 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1943, in Naples, Germans have just left the city when the Americans arrive, commanded by Gen. Mark Clark (Burt Lancaster), having the Italian Captain Curzio Malaparte (Marcello Mastroianni) as the liaison. The population is starving, with women and children prostituting themselves for food. Principessa Consuelo Caracciolo (Claudia Cardinale) is a noble Italian friend of Malaparte, and seems to be very adapted to all situations. Private Jimmy Wren (Ken Marshall) is the support of Captain Malaparte, and falls in love with a local girl. Honorific Colonel Deborah Wyatt (Alexandra King), an arrogant pilot and wife of an American Senator, comes to Naples to be promoted and get votes for her husband and the American president. Malaparte is assigned to show her the situation of the city. This movie is very strange, bizarre and violent. But although paradoxical, it is also fascinating. It shows a defeated people, needing to sell sons and daughters to survive. The last scene, when a tank passes over a local and Jimmy comes to apologize to Malaparte is fantastic. It shows the relation between winners and losers in a war. The cast has Burt Lancaster, Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, among others good actors and actresses. I like very much the work of Liliana Caviani, but this film certainly is not indicated for all audiences. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `A Pele' (`The Skin')


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