Roman Emperor Octavian rules the empire from Rome, and his rival Marc Antony has taken Egyptian queen Cleopatra as his lover and seized the eastern empire, ruling it from Alexandria. ... See full summary »
Lianella Carell is jilted by womanizing Frank Latimore
"Una donna ha ucciso" (1952) tells its story very effectively without excessive melodramatics but with quite a lot of intensity. It's about a jilted woman (Lianella Carell). The story is told from her point of view. There are 2 user reviews and 2 outside reviews. Three of the four are unenthusiastic, and the fourth likes it a lot, seeing the good direction. I'm more in the latter camp. My opinion is that the IMDb rating of 6.8 (somewhat above average) better reflects the merits of this drama that is close to noir.
This is actually quite gripping in a low-key way somehow, and it comes across better than a great many contemporary movies. It doesn't draw out the scenes unnecessarily. People don't hem and haw. You know what their emotional state is by their acting, which is natural and doesn't seem like acting. The whole story is coherent and makes sense. The characters are well-developed and real people. The title gives a lot away, but it really doesn't matter much. The actress in the lead is neither a big name nor a stunning beauty, but that's part of the story. The only oddity that takes some getting used to is that the soldiers are Allies, not Italian, but they speak Italian.
Told as a flashback, there is a twist to it that wraps it up nicely.
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