Drama, passion and religion make for a good night's entertainment!
Fabrizio Canepa (Andrea di Stephano) a small time gangster who collects
"protection money" from local shop-keepers is given a new and dangerous
assignment - to kill Don Paolo, the highly respected local priest. The
fails and Fabrizio lands in jail. The good priest who preaches love not
hate regularly visits him in jail and Fabrizio's outlook on life begins to
change. After his release he enters a seminary where he studies to become
priest. Unlikely as this plot may seem, it does provide opportunities
some excellent drama from the lead character and supporting cast.
Beautiful raven-haired Rachele who is addicted to drugs makes persistent
unsuccessful attempts to seduce Fabrizio. Her frustrations and unbalanced
uncontrollable behaviour is convincingly portrayed. Don Paolo the priest
with great plans for the extension of his church gives a fiery
particularly as pastor in the local jail. Nimico the ruthless mafia
and his son Mauro show reluctance to establish a truce as faith confronts
organised crime. These are all great supporting actors. But
the film wins or loses on the quality of the performance of relative
newcomer Andrea di Stephano in the lead role. After watching the
several times, I have to admit that the interpretation of the part of
Fabrizio is well-handled showing a great range of emotions (Note how he
his dark wide-set eyes to great advantage) Some of the dramatic
for me are: The death of Don Paolo, the unexpected car bomb scene, the
children's choir which moves one to tears, Salvino's "miracle" painting
Rachele's courtroom appearance. There is of course a moral to the story
that truth always wins through in the end.
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